Today, the United Nations Security Council Summit hosted a meeting on peacekeeping as a part of the 65th UN General Assembly. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton represented the United States at the session and delivered remarks. This important meeting provided a unique opportunity to underscore longstanding U.S. support for UN and regional peacekeeping and to update the world on efforts to operationalize the commitments that President Obama outlined last September in a meeting with the leaders of the top troop-contributing nations.
Over the past year, the United States has contributed immensely to worldwide peacekeeping operations, making assessed contributions of $2.6 billion to the UN peacekeeping budget and more than $3.6 billion in humanitarian and development assistance to eight countries where UN peacekeepers serve. We have also helped to train and equip over 136,000 peacekeepers, and supported deployment of more than 110,000 personnel from 29 countries. Increasing the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping is one of the highest priorities for the United States at the United Nations. Multilateral peacekeeping shares the risks and responsibilities of maintaining international peace and security, and is a cost-effective way to help achieve U.S. strategic and humanitarian interests.
Secretary Clinton has attached great importance to women, peace, and security. Last year she led the UN Security Council in adopting unanimously Resolution 1888 on Women, Peace, and Security, which condemns conflict-related sexual violence and calls on all parties to immediately end acts of rape and sexual violence during armed conflict. This resolution strengthened the international response to sexual violence in conflict by establishing a dedicated UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence, creating of a team of experts to investigate crimes and assist victims, and tracking data on sexual violence in UN reports. We will support this effort in a number of ways, including by providing nearly $2 million to help start up the new office led by Special Representative Margot Wallstrom.
As President Obama noted in today's address to the UN General Assembly, "It's time to reinvigorate UN peacekeeping, so that missions have the resources necessary to succeed, and so atrocities like sexual violence are prevented and justice is enforced -- because neither dignity nor democracy can thrive without basic security."