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[pp. 30] Recalling resolution 2378 (2017), which requests the Secretary-General to ensure that data related to the effectiveness of peacekeeping operations, including peacekeeping performance data, is used to improve analytics and evaluation of mission operations, based on clear and well identified benchmarks, [op. 52] ... recognizes that measuring and monitoring peacekeeping performance should be based on comprehensive and objective policy with clear and well defined benchmarks; and, in this regard, welcomes the initiatives undertaken by the Secretary-General to standardize a culture of performance in UN peacekeeping that ... conducts mission performance reviews of troop and police contingent performance, ... to ensure performance data informs decisions regarding peacekeepers deployment, and calls on him to continue his efforts in this regard;

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... recognizing the importance of condition-based security-related decisions about the future of [UN Mission] and noting that there were some incidents of violence during the reporting period,

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Stresses the critical importance that [specific uniformed component of UN Mission established to provide a secure environment in capital of affected country] has a clear, conditions-based exit strategy and express its intent to consider the presence of [specific uniformed component of UN Mission established to provide a secure environment in capital of affected country] in light of the changing situation on the ground;

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[op. 2] Reiterates, in the context of the limited progress on the benchmarks and the ongoing insecurity, its endorsement of [UN Mission]’s revised strategic priorities as set out [paragraph of relevant Security Council resolution], namely: the protection of civilians, the facilitation of the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the safety and security of humanitarian personnel; mediation between [Government of affected country] and non-signatory armed movements on the basis of [peace agreement], while taking into account ongoing democratic transformation at the national level; and support to the mediation of community conflict, including through measures to address its root causes, in conjunction with the UNCT; welcomes the steps taken so far by [UN Mission] to implement the review of [UN Mission] conducted pursuant to [relevant Security Council resolution], and requests that [UN Mission] continue to align all its activity and direct the use of its resources to the achievement of these priorities, discontinue all other tasks not aligned to these priorities and continue to streamline the mission accordingly, and stresses the importance of the appropriate distribution of tasks and coordination between [UN Mission] and the UNCT in order to implement the review of [UN Mission]; [op. 6] Stresses that, in the context of the evolving security situation, any refinement of the mission should be based on progress against the benchmarks and the conditions on the ground, and implemented in a gradual, phased, flexible and reversible manner; [op. 32] Underscores the importance of regular review by the Security Council of each United Nations peacekeeping mission’s progress in implementing its mandate, and recalls its request to the Secretary-General, in close consultation with [regional organization], and seeking perspectives from all relevant parties, to conduct an analysis of implementation of the review of [UN Mission]; ... concurs that [UN Mission]’s long-term planning should be based upon progress towards the mission’s benchmarks as set out in [successive Secretary-General’s reports, including “protection of civilians and unhindered humanitarian access and the safety and security of humanitarian personnel”]; ...

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Reiterates that any future reconfigurations of [UN Mission] and its mandate should be determined in consultation with [Government of affected country] on the basis of the evolution of the situation on the ground and, in the context of implementation by [Government of affected country] and all other signatories of [relevant peace agreement], progress towards the objectives set out in [paragraphs of Security Council resolution – namely the protection of civilians and stabilization through the reestablishment of State authority, the rule of law, and an environment conducive to peaceful, credible and timely elections];

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Notes the need for a clear exit strategy ... and decides that future reconfigurations of [UN Mission] and its mandate should be determined on the basis of the evolution of the situation on the ground and, in the context of implementation by the Government of [affected country] and all other signatories of the [regional agreement], progress towards the following objectives, in line with the three priorities of Protection of civilians, stabilization and support to the implementation of the [regional agreement], as set out in the mission concept: (a) Reduction of the threat posed by [national] and foreign armed groups, violence against civilians, including sexual and gender-based violence and violence against children to a level that can be effectively managed by the [national] justice and security institutions; (b) Stabilization through the establishment of functional, professional, and accountable state institutions, including security institutions, in conflict-affected areas, and through strengthened democratic practices that reduces the risk of instability, including adequate political space, promotion and protection of human rights and a credible electoral process

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... The Council reaffirms its practice of requiring mission specific benchmarks, as and where appropriate, to measure and review progress made in the implementation of peacekeeping mandates and in this regard underlines the importance of clear mission specific benchmarks in the context of mission transition.

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Stresses the importance of achievable and realistic targets against which the progress of United Nations peacekeeping operations can be measured; requests the Secretary-General to continue reporting to the Council every 90 days on progress made towards implementing [the mission]’s mandate across [the affected region], including on progress towards and obstacles to the implementation of the [protection] strategy ..., also including an assessment of progress against the benchmarks set out in ... the report of the Secretary-General ...

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[S]tresses the importance of including indicators of progress regarding the protection of civilians in benchmarks for relevant missions.

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Notes that, in this context, the Government of [the affected country] commits to work towards the achievement of the following benchmarks related to the protection of civilians and humanitarian workers, in accordance with international humanitarian law ... (i) Voluntary return and resettlement in secure and sustainable conditions of internally displaced persons; (ii) Demilitarization of refugee and internally displaced person camps as evidenced by a decrease in arms, violence and human rights abuses; (iii) Improvement in the capacity of [national] authorities in [the area affected by violence], including national law enforcement agencies, the judiciary and the prison system to provide the necessary security for refugees, internally displaced persons, civilians and humanitarian workers with respect for international human rights standards.

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Requests the Government of [the affected country] and the Secretary-General to establish a joint Government .../UN high-level Working Group to assess on a monthly basis the situation on the ground with respect to protection of civilians, the measures adopted by the Government of [the affected country] ... to progress towards meeting the [protection] benchmarks ...

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