Sunday, August 28, 2011
On Friday, the United Nations Security Council discussed how to improve the UN's peacekeeping capabilities. UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon addressed the Security Council and called for greater funding and flexibility to allow UN peacekeepers to address ever more complex situations around the world. He noted that the number of uniformed personnel in UN peacekeeping operations exceeded 100,000 last year, more than double the number ten years ago. Mr. Ban also outlined the requirements for a successful peacekeeping operation, including the need for a clear and achievable mandate, unified political support from the Security Council, and adequate, predictable human, material and financial resources.