External Affairs Minister (EAM) S.Jaishankar chaired the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Open debate on Technology & Peacekeeping with the theme, ‘Protecting the Protectors: Technology and Peacekeeping’
UNSC adopted the Presidential statement (PRST) & Resolution on Peacekeeping
i.The 15 member body, UNSC unanimously adopted the Presidential Statement on Peacekeeping & Technology, given by EAM Jaishankar.
- The PRST encourages the use of modern technology for improving the performance, safety & security of peacekeepers who are operating in complex and risky environments.
ii.UNSC adopted Resolution 2589 unanimously, Security Council calls on Governments to protect peacekeepers, Requests creation of online database cataloguing attacks.
India & UN launches The UNITE AWARE platform
i.A unique technology platform aimed at enhancing security & safety of peacekeepers.
ii.It helps to increase situational awareness and provides real time terrain-related information to peacekeepers.
iii.Through this platform, entire peacekeeping operations can be visualised, coordinated and monitored, and also deliver early warnings to the peacekeepers
iv.The UNITE AWARE platform will be deployed initially in 4 peacekeeping Missions : MINUSMA (Mali), UNMISS (South Sudan), UNFICYP (Cyprus) and AMISOM (Somalia).
v.India has allocated funds of USD 1.64 Million for the roll-out of this Platform.
India, UN signs MoU in strengthening peacekeeping Missions
The Government of India has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United nations (UN) in support of – ’Partnership for technology in Peacekeeping‘ initiative and to UN C4ISR- UN Command, Control, Communication, Computers, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Academy for Peace Operations (UNCAP) based in Entebbe, Uganda.
- The MoU was exchanged between T.S Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN & Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support, UN.
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From August 01, 2021 India the non-permanent member of the UNSC took over the presidency of UNSC from France for the month of August 2021.
About United Nations (UN):
Secretary General– Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres
Members– 193 (India became its member on October 30, 1945)
Secretariat– New York, United States (US)