Statement delivered by Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open Debate on “United Nations peacekeeping operations – Investing in Peace: Improving Safety and Performance of UN Peacekeepers” —
Allow me to congratulate you for assuming the Presidency of the Security Council and for organizing this timely debate.. Italy welcomes the Presidential Statement adopted today under your leadership and joins the Council in recognizing the added value the Declaration on Shared Commitments brings in relation to training and capacity Building and in welcoming the efforts undertaken by the Secretary General through his A4P initiative.
I also would like to thank the briefers for their contributions to the discussion.
Italy aligns itself with the statement to be delivered by the European Union and I would like to add some remarks on my national capacity.
UN Peacekeeping Missions are still an essential instrument for global peace and security. Whenever they are effective in delivering their mandate, protecting civilians and contributing to lasting peace and stability, our commitment to and investment in peace operations can be considered productive. This should encourage us to enhance our efforts.
Training plays a critical role in order to guarantee the high-level of effectiveness, efficiency and performance required to the “blue helmets”.
Training and capacity-building activities should not be viewed as one-off activities, but rather as tools to enhance operational effectiveness throughout the mission life-cycle. Thus, training activities should take place before and after deployment, and should be calibrated to the specific context of every mission, encompassing, as appropriate, also innovative issues, such as the environmental management of PKOs.
We believe that a steady dialogue between the UN Secretariat and TCCs/PCCs as well as among TCCs/PCCs, and their own training centers, is essential in order to share experiences and best practices, develop common standards, and provide information on training opportunities in different fields.
Partnerships are crucial also in the training sector. Therefore, we support efforts aimed at enhancing synergies between the UN and regional and sub regional organizations, in particular the African Union, and as a member of European Union, Italy welcomes the EU-UN’s cooperation to this end. We also promote triangular cooperation in training and capacity-building.
Italy commends the initiatives taken by the DPO, DOS, DMSPC the Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance to implement the Action 4 Peacekeeping principles.
Italy welcomes the multiform mechanisms established by the DPO to coordinate and share information on training activities and gaps. Tools such as the “light coordination mechanism’’, the Peacekeeping Capabilities Readiness System, and the Uniformed Capabilities Requirements go in the right direction and Italy stands ready to strengthen their performances.
Italy, which is the first provider of Blue Helmets within the Western Group and one of the most generous contributors to the peacekeeping budget. As such, Italy places training and capacity building activities at the core of its commitment to peacekeeping.
A fruitful and articulate cooperation is already in place with the UN and several Member States. Over the past years, our military training centers, like the CoESPU located in Vicenza, the Post-Conflict Operation Study Centre in Turin and the Security Force Assistance Centre of Excellence, located near Rome, have provided, , specialized training and capacity building to well over ten thousand military and police officers from 118 Countries, and 17 International Organizations. The Italian training pledges for 2019 encompass a wide range of courses, for more than 700 military and police units.
Our training curricula comprise different subjects, including protection of civilians and the responsibility to protect, cultural heritage, environmental protection, women, peace and security, gender protection, ammunition disposal and mine clearance, together with courses for patrol leaders. We strongly believe that training plays a critical role in increasing women’s participation in peacekeeping operations and for the current year, we are offering a new set of courses on gender perspective and the deployment of Female Engagement Teams.
Une partie de nos cours de formation pour les forces de police est délivrée en français aussi.
I would like to conclude in paying the most respectful tribute to all the men and women who are serving the values of the United Nations in the field bringing peace and security where they are mostly needed as well as to those who have lost their lives doing so over the years.
I thank you.