Bangladesh foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said that strengthening mutual cooperation was an urgent to face the growing challenges induced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in global peacekeeping.
‘The nature of peacekeeping has changed due to the use of advanced technology and sophisticated weapons, the misuse of social media and the ongoing global pandemic,’ he told a seminar in Dhaka.
Speaking as chief guest, Momen said that the meaningful mutual cooperation, increased participation of women and enhancing healthcare emergencies were essential to address the challenges induced by the unprecedented global coronavirus pandemic in establishing global peace.
He also highlighted Bangladesh’s commitment to global peace and stability.
Bangladesh Army arranged the seminar titled ‘Army Chief’s Conclave’ at the Multipurpose Complex in Dhaka Cantonment, an Inter Services Public Relations press release said.
The main theme of the seminar was ‘Future Trend of Global Conflict: Role of UN Peacekeepers’.
Bangladesh chief of army staff General Aziz Ahmed read out a keynote paper on it at the seminar.
Indian army chief General MM Naravane, deputy chief operation of Bhutan Army Brigadier General Darji Rinchen, force commander of United Nations multidimensional integrated stabilisation mission in Mali Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllensporre and force commander of the United Nations multidimensional integrated stabilisation mission in the Central African Republic Sidki Daniel Traore were present.
In his speech, General Aziz Ahmed said that the UN peacekeeping operations were becoming more challenging and complex gradually due to the rise of non-state forces, the use of sophisticated technology, political crisis and the changing geopolitical and geo-strategic positions.
He put emphasis on enhancing the capabilities of peacekeepers through time-befitting training, community-based information sharing, the use of advanced technology, revision of the UN charter and institutional framework aiming to meet the present challenges.
Highlighting the current challenges of the UN peacekeepers, Indian Army chief General Naravane stressed conducting partnership-based peacekeeping operations, flexibility of UN doctrine, the use of advanced technology, ensuring adequate logistical support and increasing budgets for the UN peacekeeping operations.
To make memorable the contribution of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in establishing global peace, the seminar was organised on the occasion of the birth centenary of Sheikh Mujib and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.
Senior army and civil officials from both home and abroad, senior officials of Bangladesh Navy and Air Force, diplomats and senior journalists also joined the seminar.
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