Security Council: Statement by Ambassador Braun in Open Debate on Regional Cooperation in UN Peacekeeping
"Thank you Mr. President,
I join others in thanking the government of Rwanda for organizing this timely open debate.
The regional dimension of peacekeeping is indeed a key aspect for effective international peace and stability.
The sequential or parallel deployment of peace operations by the United Nations and regional organizations - especially the European Union and the African Union - has become the norm rather than an exception.
This is particularly the case in Africa, where operations by the AU, African regional organizations and the EU in Mali, the Central African Republic and Somalia come to mind, in addition to the long-standing mission deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
They all demonstrate that the European Union has become a key partner for the United Nations in peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
Germany is honored to contribute to this joint endeavor with personnel, capabilities and financial resources both to United Nations missions as well as within the European framework.
This is in addition to the support provided to our African partners and the African Union in strengthening their peacekeeping capabilities. It is in our common interest to further improve our cooperation with the AU and African Subregional Organizations in peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions.
Today’s debate comes at a particularly opportune time. There is a growing sense that peacekeeping needs to be made more effective to meet the multiple challenges it faces.
In this context we welcome the review of the UN’s peacekeeping efforts recently announced by Secretary General Ban-ki Moon. We stand ready to contribute to the findings and look forward to the Secretary General’s recommendations.
One of the critical aspects that the review should address is the partnership between the United Nations and regional organizations.
With more parallel deployments on the ground, more lessons can be learned on what works in that partnership and what needs to be improved.
It is clear that improved synergies are required, not least given increasingly strained resources.
Against this background, Germany is delighted to collaborate with the Italian Presidency of the European Union in a project aimed at improving cooperation on the ground between peace operations deployed by the European Union and the United Nations.
As part of this project, we will organize a seminar in Berlin this November which will concentrate on how to improve coherence in mandates, mission planning and coordination on the ground, as well as how to improve EU-UN cooperation in policing, security sector reform, and judicial reform.
Many of the questions we seek to address at that seminar mirror those raised in the concept note prepared by the Rwandan Delegation for today’s debate, namely:
· What are the comparative advantages of both organizations, and how can we capitalize on them to achieve the common goal?
· How can we ensure that efforts both by the UN and the EU complement one another rather than develop in parallel?
· How do we make sure not to overstretch the absorption capacities of host countries?
· And what are the requirements for improved cooperation, including operational, legal and resource aspects?
We look forward to sharing the findings of the seminar with all interested parties and we will feed the outcome into the review process not only here in New York, but also into policy discussions in Brussels as well as in Addis Ababa.
Thank you, Mr. President."