The United States applauds the significant peacekeeping reforms approved Friday in connection with the General Assembly's adoption of the 2013-2014 UN peacekeeping budget. In particular, we welcome the establishment of the Director for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnership position--a new oversight function modeled on inspector-generals in militaries worldwide. This post will provide long overdue independent oversight and make recommendations on the effectiveness of military and police elements in UN peacekeeping operations. During the session, member states also requested that the Secretary-General lift restrictions preventing active-duty U.S. military officers from serving in invaluable peacekeeping advisory roles.
Importantly, the General Assembly also advanced ongoing efforts to promote greater fiscal discipline and efficiencies in peacekeeping operations without compromising performance. While the overall peacekeeping budget increased because of the new mission in Mali and needed expansions in other missions, we are encouraged that the approved budget was $102.5 million less than originally proposed, representing a significant savings for taxpayers.
UN peacekeeping, when done right, represents burden-sharing at its best. As UN peacekeeping requirements expand to face growing global challenges, the United States will continue to be vigilant to ensure that UN peacekeeping operations implement their mandates with efficiency, cost-effectiveness and transparency.
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