Experts discuss 70 years of UN peacekeeping operations

Forces of the UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali receive their blue berets in Bamako. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic
Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

Security experts and scholars on Thursday held discussions on emerging trends in UN peacekeeping operations.

The event was organized by Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration ahead of the commemoration of the International Day for UN Peacekeepers that falls on May 29.

The dialogue attracted representatives from the UN system, diplomats, security agencies and students.

This year marks 70 years of UN peacekeeping operations. It is being observed under the theme: “UN Peacekeeping: 70 Years of Service and Sacrifice.”

Henry Kwami Anyidoho, deputy force commander and chief of staff for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR), called on the world leaders to strengthen the UN peacekeeping efforts.
He also called for the proper rule of the people in order to avoid conflicts around the world.

“The mission alone is not going to do it. It is just a way of progressing but eventually will governance hold? Would the people know that they are being governed properly? That is what the issue is,” Anyidoho said.

Ghana is noted for its role in peace building in many countries.

It is the 10th largest contributor of uniformed personnel to UN peacekeeping and has served in over 65 UN peacekeeping missions around the world.

Since its inception in 1948, the UN peacekeeping has evolved into one of the main tools used by the international community to manage complex crises that threaten international peace and security.

Vladimir Antwi-Danso, Director of Academic Affairs at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, urged Ghana to honor its peacekeeping heroes.

He also suggested the mainstreaming of peacekeeping in the minds of citizens in order for them to understand the system.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Christine Evans-Klock, said UN peacekeeping remained as necessary and relevant as ever, adding that peacekeeping was about supporting political solutions.

“Our peacekeepers help make the space for the political will to end conflicts and for political leaders to protect the people,” she said.

Panelists shared their field insights in UN peacekeeping operations. Enditem

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