Nigeria gets chair for UN peacekeeping committee once again

Nigeria gets chair for UN peacekeeping committee once again

- The United Nations has re-elected Professor Muhammad-Bande as chair of special committee on peacekeeping

- The professor who is the permanent representative of Nigeria to the UN was re-elected in absentia as he was away on another official assignment

- The envoy's re-election is expected to strengthen Nigeria’s leadership at the United Nations

Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations (UN), has been re-elected chair of the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping known as C-34.

Muhammad-Bande was re-elected by acclamation at the UN headquarters in New York during opening of the 2019 Session.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian envoy was re-elected while he was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, attending the on-going African Union summit.

Canada was also re-elected as vice-chair, while Argentina, Poland Japan and Egypt were elected as Bureau members.

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Mohammad-Bande’s re-election in absentia was a demonstration of confidence reposed by the UN on Nigeria regarding the envoy’s ability, personality and charisma within the diplomatic community.

His re-election also re-enforced Nigeria’s standing within the comity of nations in the realm of peacekeeping and contribution to international peace and security.

Muhammed-Bande’s re-election is expected to strengthen Nigeria’s leadership at the United Nations and keep the UN more focused on its peacekeeping operations across the world.

The committee is the only UN Committee mandated to review comprehensively the whole question of United Nations Peacekeeping operations in all its aspects.

It also makes recommendations on enhancing United Nations peacekeeping operations across the world, particularly, some of the pressing issues facing the more than 100,000 military, police and civilian personnel from 125 countries presently serving in 14 operations.

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These include in countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Central African Republic and Lebanon, among others.

The UN peacekeeping committee helps countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace.

It has unique strengths, including legitimacy, burden sharing, and an ability to deploy troops and police from around the world, integrating them with civilian peacekeepers to address a range of mandates set by the UN Security Council and General Assembly.

Peacekeeping is one among a range of activities undertaken by the United Nations and other international actors to maintain international peace and security throughout the world.

The special committee on peacekeeping operations was established in 1965 by the General Assembly in order to review and provide recommendations on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.

The committee consists of 147 member states involved in peacekeeping missions and observing members such as the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).

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Recall that previously reported that the UN condemned the Nigerian government stating that the suspension of Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen as the head of the judiciary by President Muhammadu Buhari breaches international human rights standard.

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