‘Need to address caveats in deployment’ India urged policy framework of peacekeepers

Pramod Bhagat

New York, USA: The ongoing 73rd United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) session is forthcoming India’s commitment to global peace. The Trusteeship Council Chamber is marking high level event on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) around the globe.

Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix and Secretary General for Field Support, Atul Khare India have commended the initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of UN peacekeeping to address the changing realities based on the lessons learnt.

India in a statement said, “We are happy to endorse the Declaration of Shared Commitments on Peacekeeping. We welcome the development of the ‘Integrated Performance Policy Framework’, covering all the stakeholders. At the same time, we need to address the insistence by some on caveats in deployment. We see this as unfair and placing different peacekeepers on different levels.”

India further added as a tangible demonstration of this, India will co-deploy Kazakhstan troops as part of our own contingent in UNIFIL (Lebanon) in the coming month.

Indian peacekeepers have been at the forefront in setting the highest standards in peacekeeping in their longstanding contribution to nearly 50 UN missions since peacekeeping operations began.

The Center for UN Peacekeeping (CUNPK) in New Delhi contributes to training and capacity building efforts of peacekeepers worldwide, especially for African partners and women peacekeepers.

Last year Indian PM Narendra Modi joined Secretary-General’s Circle of Leadership and also signed the SG’s Voluntary Compact as part of commitment to preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA).

India was the first country to extend financial support for the Trust Fund set up in support of victims of SEA. India have deployed the first ever all-women formed police unit in Liberia, whose professionalism has inspired many Liberian women. India had reached the target of contributing 15% women military observers last year.

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