Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi affirmed Indonesia’s commitment to sending 1,000 additional personnel for the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions as one of Indonesia’s contributions to strengthen the UN peacekeeping missions.
“The commitment to promoting training and capacity building of the peacekeepers is absolutely necessary to support mandates of the missions and to ensure their safety,” the Minister said in the 4th UN Peacekeeping Ministerial (UNPM) Meeting adopting a theme “Partnership in Training and Capacity Building”, Thursday (12/07).
The Minister went on to say that the training and capacity building is needed to support peacekeepers deployed in dangerous situations. To that end, she delivered two points of note to promote training and capacity building.
First, training and capacity building must accommodate the needs on the ground.
“During the pandemic, the peacekeepers are assigned with additional task. They must also support the country where the mission takes place in handling the pandemic. Thus, knowledge on public health is really important,” she stated.
Second, investment is crucial for all partner countries. Thus, the Triangular Partnership Project (TPP) to take place in Indonesia next year is a manifestation of the country’s commitment to fostering partnership innovation.
“The strengthening of an innovative partnership should also be done by increasing the capacity of female peacekeepers, particularly in their task to protect civilians,” she remarked.
For the record, the UNPM is the largest international meeting on the UN peacekeeping missions. The Meeting was preceded by four preparatory meetings. Earlier, Indonesia led a preparatory meeting adopting a theme “Partnership, Training, and Capacity Building”. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs PR/UN) (RAS/MUR)