Egypt working on enhancing coherence between peacekeeping, peacebuilding: Foreign ministry Spox

Ahram Online , Saturday 29 May 2021

Hafez’s remarks coincide with the International Day of the UN Peacekeepers

The Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
The Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt, the current president of the United Nations (UN) Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) for 2021, is working on enhancing coherence between peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts, the foreign ministry said Saturday.

Egypt was elected in February to lead the PBC, an intergovernmental advisory body of 31 member states that supports peace efforts in conflict affected countries.

"Egypt is among the leading countries supporting UN peacekeeping operations since its contribution to the UN mission in Congo in 1960 and is the seventh largest contributor with over 3,000 peacekeepers - men and women," Spokesman for the foreign ministry Ahmed Hafez said on Twitter.

Hafez’s remarks coincide with the International Day of the UN Peacekeepers – 29 May – that was established by the General Assembly in 2002 to pay tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

Egypt is currently engaged in the UN peace operations in Abyei, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Sudan, South Sudan and the Western Sahara.

In commemoration of the day, the UN held a ceremony on Thursday to honour the fallen peacekeepers, among them five Egyptians.

 “Their service and sacrifices will never be forgotten. I express my deep gratitude to the 85,000 civilian, police and military personnel currently deployed in some of the world’s most challenging hotspots to protect the vulnerable and help to build peace,” Secretary-General António Guterres said said in a statement to commemorate the day.

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