External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar is currently chairing the UN Security Council Open Debate on ‘Technology and Peacekeeping’ at UN headquarters in New York. Mr Jaishankar in his speech said, 21st-century peacekeeping must be anchored in a strong ecosystem of technology and innovation that can facilitate UN peacekeeping operations in implementing their mandates in complex environments. He announced India’s support to UN in roll out of UNITE AWARE – a technology platform for peacekeeping missions. The External Affairs Minister said, UN peacekeeping missions continue to operate in challenging settings involving terrorists, armed groups and non-state actors. He said, as nature of peacekeeping has become more complex, it is vital that our capabilities to secure the peace keepers keep pace.
Dr Jaishankar said, India believes in walking the talk when it comes to the safety and security of UN peacekeepers. He said, peacekeeping continues to play a crucial role in India’s vision of ensuring international peace and security. The External Affairs Minister said, serving under the blue flag, 174 gallant Indian soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice, the largest number among troop contributing countries. He said, today over 5 thousand Indian personnel are deployed in nine missions. The External Affairs Minister said, as a reflection of our deep commitment to protecting the protectors, Government of India provides 2 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine for UN Peacekeeping personnel worldwide. He
proposed a 4-point framework to lay out a possible architecture for securing UN peacekeepers to meet contemporary threats. He said, the UN Security Council has adopted a Resolution on Accountability of Crimes against UN Peacekeepers as well as Presidential Statement on Technology for Peacekeeping, the first such UN Security Council document on this topic.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Foreign Minister of Estonia Eva-Maria Liimets also spoke at the event.
It is the 2nd signature event under Indian Presidency. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired the first signature event a High-level Open Debate on Maritime Security on 9th of this month through video conferencing.
Dr Jaishankar participated in a solemn ceremony with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the UN Peacekeepers Memorial. He paid tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives serving under the blue flag. Foreign Minister of Estonia Eva-Maria Liimets was also present.