Seminar on protecting civilians during peacekeeping missions held in Beijing
June 7, Beijing
A seminar on protecting civilians during United Nations (UN)
peacekeeping operations was held on 17 June in Beijing. The three day seminar
was the first of its kind, jointly held by the Ministry of National Defense,
the Peacekeeping Training Center and UN Women.
Women and children are increasingly present on the frontlines of
war and conflict. They are vulnerable groups who are often subject to abuse and
exploitation, including the use of sexual violence as an intimidation tactic.
In his opening address, UN Resident Coordinator Alain Noudehou
noted that it is for this reason that peacekeepers must be highly professional.
He said: “They must be trained to act according to the highest
standards of professional military conduct and integrity.”
China is currently the largest contributor to peacekeeping
operations out of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council,
followed by the United Kingdom. China has been actively participating in UN
peacekeeping operations since the 1990s. It has participated in 24 missions and
has deployed more than 27,000 troops. There are currently 2026 Chinese troops
deployed in nine missions around the world.
The protection of civilians under threat in post armed conflict areas is a key task that is mandated by the UN. A safe and secure environment allows for greater participation of civilians in the development of long term peace building institutions in conflict ridden countries.