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Ashton Carter: DoD Makes Additional Commitments for UN Peacekeeping Efforts

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has outlined the Defense Department‘s new commitments to aid U.N. peacekeeping operations, DoD News reported Thursday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Carter said at the U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial in the U.K. that peacekeeping efforts are changing amid new global challenges and a wider reach of missions.

Carter announced DoD will support U.N.’s Enhanced Leader Development Program to train and prepare future senior mission leaders for peace operations and will also work with U.N. national investigative officers to help prevent sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

DoD will also offer support for peacekeeper deployments to crisis zones and address gaps in areas such as counter improvised explosive devices and medical evacuation, Pellerin reports.

Carter noted DoD will work with U.N. to drive energy, water and waste management efficiency in peacekeeping camps and sites.

The report said the secretary also called on U.N. to assess leaders and forces against performance, equipment and conduct standards and to replace underperforming personnel.

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