Press Release issued by Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations covering the conclusion of the Contingent-Owned Equipment Working Group for 2017

 Press Release

Conclusion of the 2017 Contingent-Owned Equipment Working Group Meetings at the UN

The United Nations Working Group on the working methods of the Contingent-Owned Equipment (COE-WG) for 2017 concluded today by adopting its report, which was finalized through intense intergovernmental negotiations at a technical level from 16 to 27 January 2017 in New York. The COE-WG meets every three years to review the methodology of the UN reimbursement rates to various countries for their contribution of equipment to the UN peacekeeping operations.

The COE-WG this year alone had as many as 104 papers submitted by both the member states and the UN Secretariat, which were discussed thoroughly in three Sub-Working Groups (viz. major equipment, self-sustainment and medical support).

Ambassador Durga Prasad Bhattarai, Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, who was elected on 16 January 2017 to chair the COE-WG for 2017, thanked all delegations for their understanding and flexibility leading to the adoption of the report.

The COE-WG is considered important for all the Troop Contributing Countries/Police Contributing Countries (TCCs/PCCs) including Nepal, since this mechanism sets a manual for reimbursement of equipment in peacekeeping missions.  As the sixth largest TCC/PCC, it was Nepal’s pride to chair such important session.

Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations
New York
27 January 2017