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National Army Commander at the United Nations Chiefs of Defense Conference

CHISINAU, July 8, 2017 — National Army Commander, Brigadier Gen. Igor Cutie, attended the Chiefs of Defense Conference, held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, on Friday, July 7, 2017.

The event brought together military leaders from over one hundred countries who discussed how to improve performances and effectiveness within UN peacekeeping missions, with a focus on rapid deployment, troops training, and increasing the number of female peacekeepers.

The Chiefs of Defense exchanged opinions and military analysis on the challenges faced by current UN peacekeeping operations and their development.

Secretary-General António Guterres greeted the participants via a video message. Secretary-General Guterres expressed his gratitude to the men and women serving in peacekeeping, appreciating the courage of the UN “blue helmets” who face danger so others can enjoy safety.

António Guterres also welcomed the Conference’s focus on gender, mentioning the necessity to increase the number of female peacekeepers. Thus, the official urged all troop-contributing countries to deploy more women in UN peacekeeping missions.

This was the second United Nations Chiefs of Defense Conference.

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