On 16 August, the Secretary-General sent a Declaration of Shared Commitments on UN Peacekeeping Operations for endorsement to the Member States and relevant international and regional organisations. Pakistan was the first country to endorse the Declaration, on the day after its issuance. The second endorsement, by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was received yesterday during the Secretary-General’s meeting with the UK Foreign Secretary and today, the Ukraine also endorsed the Declaration.
The Secretary-General has requested that Member States convey their endorsements by 14 September, ahead of a Heads of State and Government Event on Action for Peacekeeping on 25 September to which all Member States are invited. The event will showcase the past and current role of UN peacekeeping, reflect on the challenges, and help to revitalize global engagement for this unique multilateral tool.
The Declaration of Shared Commitments, part of the Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative launched on 28 March, is an unprecedented effort by the Secretary-General to renew political support for UN peacekeeping operations. The Declaration spells out specific commitments that are vital to their success, for example to enhance their political impact and strengthen the protection they provide. It is based on three months of consultations with all Member States and relevant international and regional organizations and contains commitments by all the main stakeholders of peacekeeping, including Security Council members, troop, police and financial contributors to peacekeeping, host governments and regional and sub-regional organizations.