Security Council Working Group on Peacekeeping Operations
Use of Modern Technology in UN Peacekeeping
New York, 17 July 2013
I would like to begin by joining others in sincerely thanking you on your initiative to re-convene the meeting with the peacekeeping community.
We value substantive interaction among the Security Council, Secretariat and UN Member States, in particular TCCs.
Indonesia thanks you for the well rounded concept note, which jots down interesting and useful questions for our consideration.
The “use of modern technology in UN peacekeeping”, as the chosen topic today, has been one of the most debated issues at the UN, both in the Special Committee of Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) and the Security Council.
In the absence of discussion on it in the C-34 this year, which is unfortunate given the many important developments on the ground, we are pleased that the Security Council Working Group on PKOs, under your leadership is providing us an opportunity to interact and hear briefing by the Secretariat.
Indonesia would underline that this meeting should not be seen as a replacement for comprehensive intergovernmental consideration in the C-34 of the operational, financial, technical and legal aspects, including consent of the countries concerned with regard to the application of such means in the field.
Indonesia stresses its deep concern on the increased security threats and attacks against UN peacekeepers in many peacekeeping missions, and condemns in the strongest terms, all targeted attacks against UN personnel and criminal acts, including kidnapping, carjacking and ambush.
The recent somber incidents, which have taken the lives of precious peacekeepers warrant the application of this modern technology. However, we should be mindful that the Security Council when responding to the request by the Secretary-General on the use of UAVs for MONUSCO also noted that such use, on a case by case basis, would be without prejudice to the ongoing consideration by relevant UN bodies. Indeed the examination by the C-34 is crucial.
In this regard, we strongly support the call by the C-34 last year that the application of new technology is intended only to improve situational awareness, aimed at enhancing the safety and security of peacekeepers.
However, we are deeply concerned that the policy debate, especially relating to enhancing the safety and security of peacekeepers is not yet taking place under the General Assembly machinery despite the 2012 C-34 report making a specific call.
We will not approve of attempts that can undermine and further impede the transparent and all-inclusive intergovernmental consideration of the application of new technologies for greater safety and security of UN peacekeepers, as well as other topics such as protection of civilians.
While the request may have come from the peacekeeping mission and the concerned government, we are also concerned that the discussion on the financial aspect of deploying this technology in UNOCI has taken place without prior policy consideration.
We thank you again for your initiative on bringing the different stakeholders in this meeting. Our hope remains that we will all work harder in consulting with the greatest number of UN Member States at the C-34, and openly and deeply examine the issues taken up today with effective recommendations.
I thank you.
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