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Improving Environmental Management in Peacekeeping…

Improving Environmental Management in Peacekeeping - 2023 UN Peacekeeping Ministerial, Side Event (Accra, Ghana)
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This action-prompting side event for the 2023 Peacekeeping Ministerial will explore ways that innovative partnerships can contribute to the efforts of troop- and police-contributing countries to meet key UN environmental management goals.

Environmental management is a cross-cutting issue that impacts peacekeeper safety and security, mission operations, and the legacy that peacekeepers leave behind.  In its 10-year UN Secretariat Climate Action Plan (UNSCAP), the UN committed to transforming its operations to achieve a 45 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and sourcing 80 percent of electricity from renewable energy by 2030.

This side event will identify concrete opportunities for member states, including troop- and police-contributing countries and donor partners, to support UN environmental goals, with a specific focus on the transition of Contingent-owned equipment to more environmentally sustainable solutions. 

The United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial is an important opportunity for Member States to come together in a collective effort to strengthen the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations and their impact on the communities they serve. In 2023, the Peacekeeping Ministerial will be hosted by Ghana in Accra on 5-6 December.

With missions facing greater challenges than ever, the Ministerial will focus on protection of civilians, strategic communications (including addressing mis-disinformation and hate speech), safety and security, the mental health of peacekeepers, and women in peacekeeping.

Peacekeeping is a powerful demonstration of multilateral cooperation. In this regard, further progress in improving our effectiveness requires strengthening and expanding partnerships, including in areas such as conduct and discipline and environmental sustainability, where Member State support is critical.