9/28/2015 World Leaders' Summit on Peacekeeping
On the afternoon of September 28th, 2015, the UN hosted the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US President Barack Obama were co-chairing the event, which was also being co-hosted by Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uruguay and the United States.
The Summit’s objective was to generate significant, concrete and new commitments that will support peacekeeping operations while closing persistent military and police gaps and generating rapid deployment units and specialized units that will be deployed in current or new operations.
More than 50 world leaders attended and announced pledges, including: Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil. Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, UK, Uruguay, United States and Vietnam. The African Union, European Union and NATO also participated and pledged contributions.
The event took place from approximately 3pm-7pm New York time. U.S. President Barack Obama opened the event with a speech stressing the relevance of UN Peacekeeping Operations in the world today, as well as launching a new strategy for the United States on peacekeeping – the first such declaration to come out in two decades.
The event concluded with the issuance of the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping Declaration.
Download the new U.S. Strategy on UN Peacekeeping Operations – the first document outlining the the U.S. strategic approach to peace operations in a single document in two decades.
You can watch the event below:
For tweeting about the results of the event, please check back for infographics on key facts and figures on UN Peacekeeping. The summit’s tumblr blog post can be accessed here.
Please check back for overview of pledges, analysis and commentaries on subsequent events of the 2015 World Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping.