It is particularly appropriate to address this topic in New Zealand, a country which has demonstrated so clearly its commitment to improving cooperative security mechanisms and which has contributed so much to tangible progress in this field within the United Nations system. New Zealand expressed that commitment during its highly active term on the Security Council in 1993–4 with its initiative to establish a Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel. That was multilateral diplomacy at its most effective, not least because the Convention was proposed, drafted and adopted in little more than a year, an astounding feat in UN terms. The Convention is important both because of the added protection it will confer on personnel and because it will add to the confidence that troop-contributing nations can have in reaching decisions to participate in UN peacekeeping operations.
KeywordsSecurity Council Southern African Development Community National Minority Cooperative Security Peace Operation
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