Real needs of troops-contributing countries must be tended: Chinese envoy

A Chinese envoy said Tuesday that the international community must pay attention to the real needs of troops-contributing countries (TCCs) in peacekeeping.

“The international community must pay attention to the real needs of TCCs, in particular, those of developing countries, enhance capacity building in the area of peacekeeping and ensure the availability of targeted training and resources,” Ma Zhaoxu, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations, told the Security Council open debate on “Investing in Peace: Delivering Quality Training and Capacity Building to Improve Safety and Security and Performance of UN Peacekeepers.”

“Thorough and effective training and capacity building must be conducted to keep improving the safety, security and performance of peacekeepers,” said the Chinese ambassador.

As for the role of the Secretariat, the Chinese envoy noted that efforts must be made to “fully leverage the role of the Secretariat. The Secretariat should keep improving training policies for peacekeeping and provide updated training materials in a timely manner in light of the situation in the task areas,” said Ma.

“The Secretariat, on the basis of its own advantages, can play a coordinating role between the supply and demand in the area of capacity building for peacekeeping,” he said.