Golam Faruk Khandakar Prince MP, Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges the UN to do more to ensure the efficiency and sustainability of the UN Peace keeping operations. He was speaking at the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly on ‘Comprehensive review of the whole question of Peacekeeping Operations in all their aspects’, today at the UNHQs.
In the statement, he particularly stressed on the need for specific institutional mechanism within the UN system for informed and regular dialogues among all stakeholders, improvement of safety and security situation on the ground, creating interlinkages between peacekeeping and peacebuilding, relationship between performance and resources, increasing the number of female, limiting environmental footprints in peacekeeping missions, and addressing budget issues.
The MP reiterated Bangladesh’s support on SG’s zero tolerance policy against all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. He also mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is a member of the Circle of Leadership on the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.
Besides this event, the MP also delivered statements at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Open Debate on ‘Women Peace and Security’. He said that Bangladesh, in October 2000, as a non-permanent member of the Council played a leading role in the adoption of UNSC Resolution 1325 on WPS to strengthen the process and creating consensus across women’s extreme vulnerability in conflict situation. He added that Bangladesh is working to prepare its 1st National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325.
Golam Faruk Khandakar MP is now visiting New York for participating in the ongoing proceedings of the Main Committees of the General Assembly under the 74th UNGA.