Security Council

New York, 26 March – IDA Virtual attendance. Security Council Arria-formula meeting: The protection of peacekeepers and civilians, particularly within the context of the threat presented by Improvised Explosive Devices Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks are presently the greatest explosive ordinance threat against civilians, children, peacekeepers and humanitarian personnel in conflict zones. The proliferation and indiscriminate use of IEDs increasingly constitute a serious threat with far reaching ramifications. Terrorist groups and armed groups with affiliated terrorist links continue to train, manufacture and use these explosive ordinances as a weapon of choice in conflict zones to great effect.
The main objective of the meeting is to raise awareness and to explore ways of reducing the impact of risks and threats posed to peacekeepers and UN personnel at large by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Opening Remarks:
– Amb. Martin Kimani, Permanent Representative, Kenya
– Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations
– Lieutenant General Dennis Gyllensporre, Force Commander, United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA)
– Brig. Charles L Mwazighe, International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC)
– Ms. Ilene Cohn, Deputy Director, Officer-in-Charge, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)

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