Vietnam proposes to vaccinate UN peacekeepers against COVID-19

On February 12, the UN Group of Friends on peacekeeping held an informal discussion on the Secretary-General's Action for Peacekeeping initiative and the Covid-19 vaccine.
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Viet Nam proposes to vaccinate UN peacekeepers against COVID 19
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Head of the Vietnam Delegation to the UN, affirms Vietnam's commitment to UN peacekeeping and Vietnam's efforts towards increased peacekeeping efficiency. (Photo: TG&VN)

The discussion session was co-chaired by South Korea, Ethiopia, and Norway with the participation of more than 50 Ambassadors and Deputy Ambassadors of the United Nations member countries.

Addressing the session, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare and Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Martha Helena Lopez assess that the A4P initiative implemented in the past 3 years has achieved certain results.

However, in the face of existing challenges and in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the A4P initiative needs to be adjusted to consolidate and enhance the effectiveness of peacekeeping in the new phase and in the new field.

To be specific, the UN representatives emphasize the need to implement the programs for women, peace, security, ensure the safety and security of peacekeepers, and strengthen the partnership between The United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations, including ASEAN, through the Tripartite Partnership Program for the Training of Peacekeepers.

These are also areas that are considered to need careful discussion in order to continue the A4P initiative, in addition to discussion with peacebuilders and information technology applications. The Under-Secretary-Generals of the United Nations also informed the discussion at the United Nations on ensuring the vaccinated against COVID-19 for peacekeeping staff.

Viet Nam proposes to vaccinate UN peacekeepers against COVID 19
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy emphasizes the need for vaccination programs for peacekeepers. (Photo: TG&VN)

In their remarks, UN member countries share their concerns about the implementation of the A4P initiative in the new phase, notably the need to strengthen the role and participation of female peacekeepers, promote women's programs, peace and security, safety and security of peacekeepers, the ability to apply information technology, promote partnerships ...

Many members also comment that it is necessary to ensure Covid-19 vaccination for peacekeepers, highlighting challenges from the lack of budget, the roles, and responsibilities of stakeholders, and from the new strain variables.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Head of the Vietnam Delegation to the UN, affirms Vietnam's commitment to UN peacekeeping and Vietnam's efforts towards increased peacekeeping efficiency. He urges the international community to ensure that resources are consistent with the proposed political commitments, strengthen the partnership between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations, and strengthen the role and participation of women while ensuring the safety and security of peacekeepers.

Quy emphasizes the need for vaccination programs for peacekeepers, especially susceptible personals such as medical staff working in field hospitals, and forces working in areas with a high risk of infection.

The responsibility and role of the host country are also emphasized by the Ambassador. Accordingly, the importance of close cooperation between the missions and the host country in ensuring the safety and security of peacekeeping forces in general and Covid-19 pandemic vaccination for the peacekeepers in particular.

The A4P initiative was launched by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on March 28, 2018, to promote joint international action and strengthen political commitment to peacekeeping.

The A4P initiative includes 45 specific commitments in 8 priority areas. By June 2020, 154 UN member countries and four regional organizations have adopted the "Declaration of Shared Commitment on UN Peacekeeping Operations" under the A4P initiative.

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