Ghana organizes a ministerial meeting on UN peacekeeping. The United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting of 2023 convened here on Wednesday with the aim of addressing issues pertaining to UN peacekeeping and achieving tangible results to improve the efficiency of peacekeeping efforts across the globe.
In Accra, Ghana’s capital, around 600 delegates attended the meeting, which included prominent military and political figures as well as ministers of defense and foreign affairs.
“The meeting this year is happening at a pivotal moment. In his inaugural speech, Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia stated, “Peacekeeping, the most inventive and potent instrument of the UN that has brought peace and stability to many parts of the world, including the African continent, is confronted with new challenges.”
He emphasized to the delegates the need for a tough stance on conflict avoidance, emphasizing the need for initiatives that assist in addressing the underlying issues that undermine the stability of any human society.
The vice president emphasized that in order to improve the efficacy of peacekeeping operations, it is necessary to identify and address the gaps in the field, assess potential avenues for significant reform, and strive toward measurable results.
“We must, from Accra, generate new and additional high-performing and specialized capabilities, foster sustainable partnerships, and chart a course toward a more robust and responsive peacekeeping apparatus in line with ongoing reform efforts, particularly on peace and digital transformation strategy,” Bawumia stated.
In anticipation of more talks on a new peace agenda, he also reaffirmed Ghana’s unshakeable commitment to bolstering UN peacekeeping, expressing hope that the summit will give peacekeeping and deployment effectiveness new life.
Delegates will talk about a number of topics at the one-day conference, such as safeguarding civilians, strategic communications, safety and security, the mental health of peacekeepers, and the critical role that women play in maintaining peace.