Dhaka hosts 1st UN peacekeeping preparatory meeting tomorrow

Beginning on Sunday, Dhaka will host the first UN peacekeeping ministerial two-day preparatory conference, which will be attended by UN Under Secretary General (USG) for the Department of Peace Operations Jean Pierre Lacroix.

“This is the first of a series of four themed conferences ahead of the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial, to be held in Accra, Ghana, on 5 and 6 December 2023,” said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Friday.

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The preliminary meeting’s theme is “Women in UN Peacekeeping,” and it is co-hosted by Bangladesh, Canada, and Uruguay.

Lacroix will attend the conference at the invitation of Bangladesh’s foreign ministry, according to official sources here today.

He will speak about the countries’ ongoing support for UN peacekeeping activities, particularly the Peacekeeping Ministerial.

Representatives from troop and police contributing countries, as well as UN peacekeeping specialists, will attend the two-day workshop to explore successes, challenges, and best practices in promoting women’s meaningful engagement in UN peacekeeping and fostering gender-responsive leadership.

According to the UN, the United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial is an important occasion for Member States to work together to increase the efficacy of peacekeeping operations and their impact on the people they serve.

Ghana will host the Peacekeeping Ministerial in Accra on December 5-6, 2023.

The discussions will center on tangible steps to improve operations in accordance with ongoing reforms such as Action for Peacekeeping, A4P+, and the Digital Transformation Strategy.

Bangladesh is one of the most significant donors to UN peacekeeping operations.

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