Ukraine supports UN chief's efforts to develop UN reform agenda
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that Kyiv fully supports the efforts of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on comprehensive reform of the United Nations.
"We welcome and fully support the efforts of the Secretary General to develop and implement a robust, comprehensive UN reform agenda," he said at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Wednesday, September 20.
Poroshenko noted that in order to be "up to speed with unpredictable world, UN peacekeeping endeavor badly needs reform – as does the whole UN system."
"That is why it is exactly the high time to assess the current state of play, ongoing reform efforts and prospects of UN peacekeeping. I sincerely hope that this debate, along with the resolution we have just adopted, and which Ukraine has cosponsored, will contribute to this vital exercise," he said.
Poroshenko added that he saw a number of essential ingredients for success here.
"To begin with, it is the truly proactive role of the Secretary General in carrying out his responsibilities in accordance with Article 99 of the UN Charter. No less important is the task of protection of civilians that has evolved into an integral part of UN peacekeeping," he said.
The head of state stressed that it was also necessary to securing proper funding and sufficient capabilities, including aviation assets, advanced intelligence and modern technologies.
"Moving from traditional peacekeeping to cost-effective 'smart peacekeeping' is long overdue," Poroshenko said.