I thank you for giving me the floor. I also thank the Secretariat for introducing the report of the Secretary-General on estimates in respect of special political missions. My heartfelt thanks also go to Mr. Abdallah Bachar Bong, Chair of the ACABQ for introducing the ACABQ’s report on this issue.
Special Political Missions (SPMs) play a significant role in preventive diplomacy and post-conflict peacebuilding efforts by responding to global security challenges. The gradual expansion in their number, scope and size reflects their importance in global peace and security. Hence, they need to be provided with adequate resources to deliver on their mandates effectively. To increase their efficiency further, there needs to be better coordination between special political missions, peacekeeping operations, and other peacebuilding activities.
Considering this, we support the Secretary General’s enhanced resource allocation proposal of $161.9 million for the SPMs in 2023. This will significantly help scaling up operational activities of these Missions and strengthen their capacity to implement their mandates. Bangladesh has been contributing to SPMs by extending support in capacity building, sharing information, preparing control list, and providing judicial officials and experts.
Since August 2017, Bangladesh has been hosting the 1.1 million Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar has the responsibility to find a durable solution to the crisis. We are hopeful that the enhanced allocation would help the Envoy to improve the situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar. At the same time, we urge the Special Envoy to remain transparent and accountable about the activities of the office. We wish him all success and stand ready to provide all necessary supports.
While reviewing the resource allocation proposal for SPMs, let me highlight a few specific points:
First, Secretary General’s report shows underrepresentation of females in all field missions. We urge him to make stronger efforts to improve gender balance and geographical representation in all SPMs. We also want to see increased role of women in decision making process with regard to conflict prevention and resolution.
Second, implementation of the delegation of authority could be an important strategic tool for SPMs for efficient and effective delivery of their mandates.
Finally, we note with deep appreciation the contributions and support provided free of charge by the host countries of the special political missions without whose support the SPMs could not succeed.
I thank you.