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Remarks by President Obama at U.N. Peacekeeping Summit | whitehouse.gov

As the largest financial contributor to the U.N. peacekeeping operations, the United States intends to continue to do its part.  And today, I’m issuing new presidential guidance -- the first in more than 20 years -- to expand our support for U.N. peace operations.  Like the nations participating today, we’ll pledge additional resources.  We’ll work to double the number of U.S. military officers serving in peacekeeping operations.  We will offer logistical support, including our unrivaled network of air- and sea-lift.  When there's an urgent need and we’re uniquely positioned to help, we’ll undertake engineering projects like building airfields and base camps for new missions.  And we’ll step up our efforts to help build the U.N.’s capacity, from identifying state-of-the-art technology to offering training to protection against IEDs. 

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Obama draws pledges of 40,000 troops for UN peacekeeping - Yahoo News

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From Yahoo News: More than 50 countries pledged 40,000 troops for United Nations peacekeeping at a US-led summit called to shore up missions under strain from the rise in global crises. China scaled up its contribution, taking the lead in setting up an 8,000-strong standby police force while Colombia made a first-time offer of as many as 5,000 troops. The pledges represent a major boost to UN peacekeeping, which relies on voluntary contributions from UN member states to run its 16 missions worldwide....

Obama opened the summit by announcing a tally of 30,000 new troops for peace missions, but after leaders took turns at the podium to announce contributions, the total reached 40,000.

A key player in peacekeeping in Africa, Rwanda offered two attack helicopters, two field hospitals, an all-female police unit and 1,600 new troops.

Indonesia boosted its participation with training and 2,700 new troops while India pledged 850 additional soldiers.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced 70 troops for the UN-African Union mission in Somalia and up to 300 troops for South Sudan, where the UN mission is grappling with one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

Pledges rolled in from smaller nations such as Armenia and Fiji and bigger players like Brazil, Turkey, Germany and Australia.

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Rallying Global Support, Obama Pledges Larger U.S. Role in Peacekeeping Missions - The New York Times

The president’s announcement followed a pledge from China that it would build an 8,000-member peacekeeping standby force and contribute $1 billion to a United Nations “peace and development fund.”
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China's Xi says to commit 8,000 troops for U.N. peacekeeping force | Reuters

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China will contribute 8,000 troops for a United Nations peacekeeping standby force, China's President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, a move that could make it one of the largest players in U.N. peacekeeping efforts.
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African Union to publish investigation, form war crimes court for S Sudan | Radio Tamazuj

The African Union has decided to publish an investigative report about atrocities committed in South Sudan and to establish an 'African-led' court to prosecute those responsible for the atrocities, according to a communique released by the AU Peace and Security Council.

The communique was released by the AU governing body late yesterday following a meeting of the body at the level of heads of state in New York on Saturday, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The group of African leaders directed the Chairperson of the AU Commission to release the final report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan, “for public information.”

The report consists of two parts, a majority opinion of the Commission members, and a “separate opinion,” expressed by a member of the panel who did not agree with the majority view. Both are to be released to the public, according to the communique....

 

With this in view, the Council agreed on “the establishment by the AU Commission of an independent hybrid judicial court, the Hybrid Court of South Sudan (HCSS), in accordance with Chapter V (3) of the Agreement reached by the South Sudanese parties, as an African-led and Africa-owned legal mechanism.”

The purpose of the court shall be “to investigate and prosecute individuals bearing the responsibility for violations of international law and/or applicable South Sudanese law, committed from 15 December 2013 through the end of the transitional period”.

The AU Council directed the AU Commission to take steps toward establishing the Hybrid Court, “including providing broad guidelines relating to the location of the HCSS, its infrastructure, funding and enforcement mechanisms, the applicable jurisprudence, the number and composition of judges, privileges and immunities of Court personnel and any other related matters.”

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UN member states pledge 30,000 more peacekeepers after US push | World news | The Guardian

A summit called for by Barack Obama draws offers of troops and police – including all-female units – but China says nations must not misuse mandates... 

The total commitments were more than three times the original White House target and represent a notable success for Washington’s push to make UN peacekeeping more assertive by drawing in countries more willing to send their forces into combat and by providing them with better equipment and support, including intelligence.
But it remains to be seen how many countries follow through on their promises.

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US says countries pledge 40,000-plus troops to UN peacekeeping in push to modernize

For months, officials such as the U.S. military's top officer and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power have pressed countries, especially European ones, to contribute more. European countries contributed more than 40 percent of U.N. peacekeepers two decades ago but now provide less than 7 percent.

The U.N. has no standing army, meaning that it's up to the U.N.'s 193 member states to supply people and equipment.

Monday's pledges of new troops and police significantly exceed the 10,000 goal that U.S. officials had mentioned. In addition, the dozens of leaders from India, Britain and China and elsewhere said they would contribute the kinds of more sophisticated equipment the U.N.'s 16 peacekeeping missions say they need: Special forces, intelligence units, engineering skills, airlift capacity, field hospitals and even unarmed drones.

Overall, countries pledged more than 40 helicopters, 15 engineering companies and 10 field hospitals, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power, announced at the end of the meeting.

Obama said the U.S., which contributes less than 100 troops and police, will contribute $2 million for training of African forces for peacekeeping and $2 million for training on countering improvised explosive devices, among other support.

The United States and European countries have pulled back from peacekeeping operations over the past decades after disastrous losses of soldiers as happened in Somalia.

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