“Its work in professional risk management and its investment in safety apparatus mitigate imminent threats.” he said. “For the Security Council, it is important to address all concerns on safety and security during mandate formation,” he said. “As we grapple with challenging security contexts in themidst of emerging threats related to terrorism and transnational crime, safety of peacekeepers should appear even more prominently in the Council’s documents authorizing the relevant peacekeeping mandates.
The Security Council should continue to carefully weigh potential implications of ‘enforcement tasks’ for all mission personnel.” For the countryhosting UN peacekeepers, Masood Khan emphasized the need for adhering to conventions and protocols on safety of personnel and factoring such provisionsin the relevant agreements with the UN creates firewalls against crimes directed at peacekeepers.
He also called for taking stock of the evolving trends in peacekeeping with ideas of robust and peace enforcement mandate, which may directly impact safety and security. “Introduction of (UN) Intervention Brigade and actions by rebels through targeted ambushes… needs to be carefully examined.” “Frequent targeting of peacekeepers warrants elaborate and effective security mechanisms” the Pakistani envoy added.