The UN Department of Global Communications runs a campaign entitled “UN Peacekeeping – Service and Sacrifice” through which the United Nations sends thanks to each of the troop-contributing states to the peace missions executed under the auspices of this organization, in descending order of the present contribution.
The Under-Secretary General for Peace Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, thanked Romania for the solid and long-term support given to the United Nations Organization for peacekeeping, as well as for the service and sacrifice of its soldiers and police deployed around the world under the UN flag.
According to the communique sent, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the UN to maintain peace. Since 1948, more than two million men and women have served in 71 peacekeeping missions, 12 of which are still active today, making a tangible difference in the lives of millions of people caught up in conflict.
“Romania deployed military observers for the first time in 1991, within the UN Observation Mission in Iraq and Kuwait (UNIKOM). Since then, he has contributed military and police personnel to 25 UN peacekeeping operations in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Currently, Romania is the 70th largest contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, with 54 uniformed soldiers, including 17 women, deployed in seven ongoing missions. Romania’s biggest contribution, at this moment, is within the UN Mission for the Stabilization of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where 23 Romanian soldiers, men and women, are operating. Also, Romania has soldiers seconded to UN peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic, Cyprus, India-Pakistan, Kosovo, Mali and South Sudan. Romania has contributed to strengthening the capacities of multinational uniformed and civilian personnel participating in UN peace operations including by providing specialized training in the field of police and close protection. In addition, starting from 2016, Romania supports the activity of the special coordinator for improving the UN response to sexual exploitation and abuse, contributing with a military legal advisor”, according to the cited source.
“Romania’s troop deployments around the world, over the years, have demonstrated its commitment to helping the UN mediate sustainable peaceful solutions to conflicts. I am also grateful to Romania for promoting the participation of women in peacekeeping operations, including in combat roles, and for providing critical airlift capabilities for MINUSMA to meet needs on the ground. (…) The UN will never forget the sacrifice of the seven Romanian members of the peacekeeping forces who lost their lives while serving under the UN flag”, declared Mr. Lacroix.
Also, Romania approved the “Action for peacekeeping (A4P)” initiative of the Secretary General, which aims to strengthen peacekeeping through better oriented mandates, stronger and safer operations, better equipped and trained forces and by mobilizing support for political solutions.
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