Video: UN Peacekeeping Matters: An Interview with Outgoing UN Military Adviser

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Outgoing UN Military Adviser Gen. Birame, UN Peacekeeping Matters: An Interview with Outgoing UN Military Adviser, April 23, 2024 © United Nations


The outgoing Military Adviser for United Nations Peace Operations, General Birame Diop, in a brief interview at UNHQ, spoke about the importance of UN Peacekeeping.

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UN Peacekeeping Matters: An Interview with Outgoing UN Military Adviser
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2m 16s
United Nations Headquarters, April 23, 2024
About Outgoing UN Military Adviser Gen. Birame
UN Department of Peace Operations

The Senegalese General was appointed as the UN's Military Adviser in May 2021, bringing with him more than 30 years of military experience including as the Chief of Defence Staff of Senegal’s Armed Forces. He previously held the position of National Security Adviser to the President of Senegal and of Air Force Chief of Staff. He served as Deputy Chief of Air Operations with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) from 2002 to 2003 and has a distinguished career in the Senegalese Armed Forces.


As long as humanity will exist, we will always have crises, we will have conflict, unfortunately.

And we need, therefore, a mechanism to minimize the occurrence of these conflict and crises, but also when they occur, we need mechanisms that will help us solve these crises and conflict.

And for the moment, we have the least worst solution of these crises is peacekeeping.

It's not perfect. We are aware of this. It will never be.

But without peacekeeping, it would have been extremely challenging for us to remain in peace.

And peacekeeping has proven that it can solve some conflict. I can give you the example of Timor-Leste. I can give you the examples of Côte d'Ivoire, of Sierra Leone, of Liberia, where peacekeeping has helped countries retrieve, retrieve the peace and stability.

And now these countries are even participating in peacekeeping.

What really matters is that we need to keep trying to improve peacekeeping. Peacekeeping will always matter, but we need to keep improving it, making sure that we have the right mandate, making sure that we deal with expectation gaps.

Therefore, we explain better what peacekeeping can do and what peacekeeping cannot do. We also need today to accompany our peacekeeping missions with very efficient strategic communication that prevent mis- and dis-information to destroy everything we are doing.

And finally, peacekeeping matters. It will always matter. Peacekeeping cannot be successful if the host nations are not supporting our peacekeeping missions.

Outgoing UN Military Adviser Gen. Birame

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