Last week CEO Ulrich Hoegenhaven from Viking Wind participated in a UN conference held in New York.
The conference” Greening the Blue Helmets” was about the UN peacekeeper’s use of fossil fuel and how to reach a more sustainable solution.
The overall goal for the UN is in 2030, 80% of the peacekeepers’ energy consumption shall be from green energy. Today more than half of the UN’s co2 emissions come from the peacekeepers, so the need for a green transition is urgent.
There is also the matter of security to consider when you must transport large amounts of fossil fuel to various locations. It is by no means harmless to transport and handle fossil fuel, which gives an incentive to a rapid transformation into the use of more sustainable energy sources.
All in all,” Greening the Blue Helmets” was a good conference with various stakeholders represented, including experience from the field who if any have great stakes in a rapid green transformation.
United Nations Security Council
The United Nations Security Council was established as the significant guardian of world peace.
While the UN General Assembly can address all matters, the Security Council only deal with peace and security. All members of the UN have committed themselves to comply with Security Council decisions
The Council is composed of 15 Members:
Five permanent members: China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and ten non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly at the end of the term year. The choice of the countries considers the requirement of equal geographical representation.
Any country can – even if it is not a member of the UN – draw the Security Council’s attention to a conflict or threat to peace. The UN Secretary-General has the same right.
Who are the peacekeepers / the blue helmets?
The Blue Helmets are military personnel for the UN but have been provided by national armies from around the world. All military personnel working under the blue helmet are primarily members of their national armies and are seconded or seconded by their governments to cooperate with the United Nations.
Any request to work militarily for the UN is dealt with within an applicant’s own country first. The UN does not have a military force.
The UN has more than 121,780 UN uniformed personnel (military and police) coming from more than 110 different countries. They come from nations large and small, rich, and poor. They bring different cultures and experiences to the job, but they are united in their will to promote peace in the world.