At a panel dedicated to building specialised capabilities, it was noted that requests for new, or enhanced existing capabilities are conditioned by changes in the environments in which the UN peacekeeping operations are conducted. Hence, there is an ever increasing need for deployment of certain specialised capabilities, both during preparation for a mission, and the very process of deployment in the field. Particularly pronounced is a necessity of training enhancement through wide spectre of activities.
Enhancement of capabilities to respond to gap capacities, capabilities to improve the security of UN members, advanced protection of civilian population, and capabilities which contribute to quality of deployment and discipline were in the focus of a panel dedicated to enhancement of performance, training, capacities and equipment. Advancement of defined capabilities enables achieving UN standards in terms of personnel, training and equipment and that is the request made for all states which participate in UN missions.
During a panel dedicated to women in uniforms in peacekeeping operations, the panellists pointed to undisputable progress made in terms of gender perspective since the adoption of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. It was concluded that, apart from increased number of women participating in missions, there is still room for their greater representation within contingents and in staff officers’, planers’ and military observers’ positions. Further support of all participating countries was requested in order to achieve the projected goal of 15 per cent of women in peacekeeping operations by 2020.
At the side-lines of the Conference, General Mojsilović talked with Chairman of the EU Military Committee, General Claudio Graziano about further cooperation in the framework of EU Common Security and Defence Policy with the stress on the engagement of members of the Serbian Armed Forces in EU missions. General Mojsilović also met Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Belarus, Major General Oleg Belokonev, with whom he discussed further promotion of bilateral cooperation.