Rwanda Minister of Defence Gen James Kabarebe has urged United Nations to review the specific challenges in the early warning system; early rapid deployment as well as the challenges associated with protecting those at risk.
The Minister made the remarks during the a official opening of a two-day UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Preparatory meeting held from 29-30, August 2017 at Kigali Convention Centre.
Kabarebe said that the world continues to witness violent conflicts and emerging security threats that affect mainly the civilians women and children as well as other vulnerable members of the society.
He added that one of the problems is that of poor information gathering and the will to put that information together is sometimes lacking, sometimes it is poorly analyzed or deliberately distorted.
“There is need therefore to review the specific challenges in the whole early warning process and rapid deployment as well as challenges associated with protecting those at risk.”
He pointed out that these can be addressed through institutional reforms, change of mindset, as well as drawing lessons from past mistakes and in actions.“There is also a need to learn from good practices while at the same time ensuring that ideological and political differences do not compromise the security and lives of innocent people,” he added.
The preparatory meeting in Kigali brought together over 100 participants from UN Peacekeeping Operations Troops/Police Contributing Countries and Financial Contributing Countries.
The preparatory meetings to be held in Bangladesh, Japan and Rwanda are set to prepare the ground for the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference due to take place in Vancouver, Canada from 14 to 15 November this year.
The two-day meeting will build the foundation of the forthcoming Vancouver Defence Ministerial by installing in it the key outcomes of our deliberations on protecting those risk an early warning and rapid deployment.
The discussions will be centered on how strengthening performance accountability for Protection of Civilians (POC) and how the Kigali Principles enhance the protection of Civilian mandate.