New York, 26 September 2022 (TDI): Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar, participated in the High-Level UN Peacekeeping Meeting on ‘Ensuring the success of Transitions in UN Peace Operations.’ The high-level meeting took place on the sidelines of the 77th UNGA Session in New York.

The Foreign Minister of Ireland, Simon Coveney, organized the meeting. The high-level meeting was co-sponsored by Pakistan, Brazil, Ghana, Japan, and Switzerland. Several additional high personalities were also present.

The issues of transitions have always been debated in a participatory panel with Under Secretary General for Peace Operations Jean Pierre Lacroix, Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Kandia Camara, and Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of MONUSCO.

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Addressing the gathering, Hina Rabbani Khar advocated for integrated framework actions throughout the transitions of peacekeeping missions. This would avoid any adverse effects and assist hosting governments in achieving their peacebuilding goals.

The Minister of State emphasized Pakistan’s critical contribution to the most effective UN peacekeeping transitions. These include Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burundi, and Timor-Leste.

Hina Rabbani Khar reaffirmed Pakistan’s strong dedication to women’s significant contribution to the advancement of long-term peace and stability. Moreover, she highlighted the deployment of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first all-female community engagement team.

This engagement team also took part in numerous productive peace and reconciliation efforts. These include skill-based training for students, teachers, and women, as well as psychological workshops for Congolese police.

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan summarized by emphasizing that transition in a conflict-affected nation should be viewed as a move towards self-sustaining peace and socioeconomic success.