Bhutan and UN signed agree­ment on Rapid De­ploy­ment Level in UN Peace­keep­ing

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The United Na­tions is grate­ful to Bhutan for its pledge of a Force Pro­tec­tion Com­pany to the United Na­tions Peace­keep­ing Ca­pa­bil­ity Readi­ness Sys­tem (UNPCRS), fol­low­ing the sig­na­ture of an agree­ment be­tween Un­der-Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for Field Sup­port Atul Khare and the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the King­dom of Bhutan to the United Na­tions, Doma Tsh­er­ing.

Through this Rapid De­ploy­ment Level (RDL) agree­ment - the first of its kind in UN peace­keep­ing - with Bhutan that cur­rently pro­vides 45 peace­keep­ers to ten UN field op­er­a­tions, the Bhutanese Force Pro­tec­tion Com­pany will be able to de­ploy within 60 days of a re­quest by the Sec­re­tary- Gen­eral.

This im­por­tant move stems from the 2015 re­port of the High-Level In­de­pen­dent Panel on Peace Op­er­a­tions which rec­om­mended the cre­ation of a Van­guard Bri­gade to al­low the UN to quickly in­sert a mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­ity into a new mis­sion area or re­in­force an ex­ist­ing mis­sion.

This agree­ment signed by the Royal Gov­ern­ment of Bhutan rep­re­sents the high­est level of readi­ness by a troop or po­lice- con­tribut­ing coun­try un­der the UNPCRS, cre­ated in 2015 as part of the Strate­gic Force Gen­er­a­tion and Ca­pa­bil­ity Plan­ning mech­a­nism with four lev­els of readi­ness of reg­is­tered ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Through a Gen­eral Assem­bly Res­o­lu­tion adopted in July 2017 (A/ RES/71/296), the UN also pro­vides Mem­ber States with fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion to main­tain their equip­ment dur­ing the pe­riod the unit is reg­is­tered to the RDL.

“This pledge by the Royal Gov­ern­ment of Bhutan is a great ex­am­ple of com­mit­ment to the ideals of a nim­ble, ef­fec­tive UN peace­keep­ing”, Un­der-Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Atul Khare stated af­ter the sign­ing which took place at the UN Head­quar­ters. “This land­locked, moun­tain coun­try is at the van­guard of this ap­proach, con­tribut­ing to the es­tab­lish­ment of a pool of ca­pa­bil­i­ties for rapid de­ploy­ment when re­quired”, he added.

Am­bas­sador Tsh­er­ing ex­pressed her “great sat­is­fac­tion” at be­ing the first troop- con­tribut­ing coun­try to con­clude such an agree­ment with the Sec­re­tar­iat: “It is a sig­nif­i­cant pro­gres­sion of our deep­en­ing part­ner­ship with the UN in an area of its cen­tral man­date,” said the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the King­dom of Bhutan to the United Na­tions. “As a small, de­vel­op­ing coun­try, we deeply ap­pre­ci­ate this recog­ni­tion of our grow­ing ca­pa­bil­ity to con­trib­ute to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UN peace­keep­ing op­er­a­tions.”

The King­dom of Bhutan’s com­mit­ment to ad­vance the ideals of the United Na­tions is also vis­i­ble in its sup­port to the Trust Fund for vic­tims of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and abuse, as well as through be­ing one of the 77 sig­na­to­ries of the Vol­un­tary Com­pact on Pre­vent­ing and Ad­dress­ing Sex­ual Ex­ploita­tion and Abuse.

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