At least an additional contingent of 600 Bangladesh troops will join the United Nations peacekeeping operations soon.
take the total strength of the Bangladesh troops in the UN peace-keeping
operations close to 9,500.
At the moment, there are 8,826 Bangladesh
soldiers and officers serving the UN in various conflict zones of the
The salaries of the peacekeepers have also been hiked by 6.75
percent, according to a UN communication.
So, Bangladesh will directly
benefit from both these decisions since it is the single largest contributor of
peacekeepers in UN missions.
Bangladesh’s Permanent Envoy to the UN, AKA
Momen informed bdnews24.com of the decisions on Friday night.
presiding over the current session, said a new UN mission will be introduced in
Mali under resolution number 2100 of the Security Council. A total 12,640
peacekeepers will be needed there -- 11,200 troops and 1,440
“Already 7,500 have been recruited from various African
nations and at least 600 troops will be taken from Bangladesh,” Momen
Bangladeshi peacekeepers have always been highly praised in UN
missions for their sense of duty and tact. Prime minister had urged for the
deployment of more peacekeepers from Bangladesh and a hike in their
Dr Momen said this is why the UN is keen to take more and more
peacekeepers from Bangladesh.
He said a proposal to hike the
peacekeepers’ salaries and allowances by 6.75 percent has also been accepted in
the General Assembly. The decision is being implemented from last
A total 112,776 peacekeepers from 116 countries are currently
working in the UN’s 16 missions in four continents. Bangladesh has the highest
number of 8,826 peacekeepers.
He said the salaries of other UN officials
had increased by 57 percent since 1991. Momen said no one had paid attention to
increasing the salaries of those who endanger their lives to secure
According the decision, those working in ‘most dangerous’ places
would get 10 percent extra payment.
In 2010, a proposal was given to hike
the salaries and perks of the Bangladeshi peacekeepers. Pakistan, Nigeria and
Uruguay endorsed the proposal.
The following year, permanent envoys to
five countries put forth the proposal in the G-77 summit and got support.
However, it was cancelled on June 30 the same year as the proposal to hike the
peacekeepers’ payments was not accepted.
Afterwards, $85 million was
raised on an ad-hoc basis for the peacekeepers the same year. In 2012, $60
million was raised on an ad-hoc basis.
United Nation’s Secretary General
formed a high-level committee when he was requested to permanently hike the
salaries. The committee had members from countries who contribute most to
peacekeeping manpower -- Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Uruguay.
committee proposed a hike in payment which was passed in the General Assembly on