The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations in New York hosted a business meeting of the Military and Police Advisers Community (MPAC) on Wednesday, 2 October 2019.  This was the second time that Kazakhstan has had the honour to organize such an important event, at which were discussed key issues of MPAC's significance and contribution to UN peacekeeping. Kazakhstan hosted this meeting as our country is presently serving as Dean for the Asian Regional Group.

The Dean of MPAC, Major General Gino Micale (Italy), chaired the meeting and set the agenda of themes for the operational aspects of MPAC.

The high ranking officers exchanged experiences and views on training and field trips to African peacekeeping missions. Regarding training, the group explored ways to enhance the orientation of new incoming Military and Police Advisors with regard to their mandate, structure and procedures.  With respect to field trips, it was suggested to conduct a visit to MINUSMA (UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali) some time in November. A team of some 20 military advisors would go to familiarize themselves with the security and operational environment on-the-ground to make assessments for future planning and deployments.  

Kazakhstan is deeply committed to strengthen the work of MPAC, which it sees as a platform for promoting partnerships.  One such fine example is the deployment of Kazakhstan’s 120-strong contingent with the Indian Battalion to UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon).   Another illustration is the Symposium that Kazakhstan held in May 2019 in Nur-Sultan on the theme, "Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping". It was attended by the UN Under-Secretaries-General for Operational Support and Peace Operations, Atul Khare and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, respectively, and a number of MPAC members, as well as representatives from the capitals of Member States. 

The MPAC meeting ended with its members having the opportunity to relish some Central Asian hospitality and cuisine, which was much appreciated by all.

Created at : 4.10.2019, 15:20, Updated at : 4.10.2019, 15:20