Statement by H.E. Ambassador Koro Bessho, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations, at the Security Council Open Debate "United Nations peacekeeping operations: Training and Capacity Building"

(As delivered)
Mr. President,
 
I thank Indonesia for convening today’s meeting. I also thank the Secretary-General and to briefers for their insightful briefing.
 
Due to the difficult operational environments and complex challenges current peace operations are facing, it is imperative to enhance both the performance as well as the safety and security of peacekeepers.
 
We welcome the steps taken by the UN and Member States to address these issues through training and capacity-building. However, further efforts by various stakeholders are necessary. Japan has supported capacity-building for peacekeepers from 45 countries over the past five years. Based on our experiences, I would like to make two suggestions that we believe will help ensure the effective delivery of training.
 
First, the training and capacity-building needs of TCCs/PCCs and the field missions should be addressed effectively through partnerships.
 
The UN Secretariat has several channels to identify these needs, including Assessment and Advisory Visits of the Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System and in-mission performance evaluations of contingents.
 
In order to conduct training that incorporates these inputs, we will need strong partnerships among TCCs/PCCs, the Secretariat, and supporting countries.
 
In 2014, the Secretariat launched an innovative framework to promote such cooperation called the Triangular Partnership Project.
 
Conducting training through this project has allowed us to effectively address the needs of TCCs/PCCs and the field missions because this training is organized by the UN Secretariat, which receives direct feedback from the missions and Assessment and Advisory Visits. This ensures that personnel will be learning the specific skills they need for their mission.
 
Triangular partnerships can be applied to the development of any type of capabilities, from infantry to enablers. They can also be used to address a wide spectrum of training needs from basic training to pre-deployment training to in-mission training.
 
In fact, the development potential goes beyond training; the triangular partnership model can even serve as a platform to facilitate innovative approaches such as equipment contribution and co-deployment.
 
Our second suggestion is to establish an effective mechanism to rapidly scale up critical expertise to a huge number of personnel in a short period of time.
 
We sometimes need to assist tens of thousands of personnel in acquiring standardized skills in order to enhance their performance and security. Buddy First Aid is one such skill.
 
As one of the innovative approaches to achieve such an ambitious goal, the Department of Operational Support has been trying to establish Trainer Pyramids in the field of medical training.
 
This endeavor has just begun, and further efforts are required to make the Trainer Pyramid concept work. For example, TCCs and PCCs should dispatch qualified candidates to the training courses. The UN and supporting countries have to certify trainees’ performances according to strict standards.
 
In closing, let me reiterate Japan’s commitment to capacity-building in order to ensure that peacekeepers will have the skills they need to safely carry out their mandates.
 
We will continue to support engineering and medical training through the triangular partnership model, and we are ready to provide mobile training and training-of-trainers courses in the area of engineering.
 
Japan will also continue to facilitate women’s participation in UN peace operations through training. We co-hosted with DPKO the first ever capacity-building training to Women’s Protection Advisers in Tokyo last December. We will continue to pursue this goal, including through dispatching female trainers to capacity-building programs.
 
I thank you, Mr. President.