Let me start by paying tribute to the men and women who serve the United Nations- including those who have given their lives in the cause of peace.
I would also like to convey our deepest gratitude to UN staff who continue to engage in the global effort to fight COVID-19.
We thank also the Chair, and the Bureau for your commitment to the work of the Fifth Committee and all Members of the Secretariat and the ACABQ for their hard work preparing for this session.
The contribution of UN peacekeeping operations to international peace and security is invaluable. Every day 90 000 military, police, and civilian staff put their lives at risk for a more peaceful world. To succeed, they need our political and financial support.
As a consistent partner of UN peacekeeping, Norway will continue to promote robust peacekeeping budgets that ensure the effective implementation of complex mandates. This includes appropriate financing of human rights and gender related tasks.
The support functions of peacekeeping missions are vital to effective mandate implementation. Horizontal issues, including gender and equality, are also essential for mission success. Additionally, sexual exploitation and abuse, both of- and by- peacekeepers must be addressed.
It is deeply regrettable that there has not been any cross-cutting resolution since 2016. Norway firmly advocates for a resolution that provides strong guidance on these issues. And Norway looks forward to engaging with delegations on these agenda items.
Despite signs of improvement, the financial situation of the organization remains concerning. A strong and coordinated UN is vital to tackle current global challenges.
Norway commends those countries that have paid their assessed contributions in full and on time. In that regard, we also welcome steps taken by the US to reduce their arrears.
Please be assured of my delegation’s full support to bring this session to a successful conclusion, in a timely manner.