India’s role in UN Peacekeeping Missions

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India’s role in UN Peacekeeping Missions

  • Two BSF personnel recently got martyrdom who were part of UN Peacekeeping Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

What is United Nations Peacekeeping?

  • UN Peacekeeping helps countries navigate path from conflict to peace.
  • Often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets.
  • Can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel.

UNPKF in operation

  • Since 1948, UN Peacekeepers have undertaken 71 Field Missions.
  • There are approximately 81,820 personnel serving on 13 peace operations led by UNDPO, in four continents currently.
  • A total of 119 countries have contributed military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping.

India’s contribution to UN Peacekeeping

  • India has contributed more personnel than any other country.
  • To date, more than 2,53,000 Indians have served in 49 of the 71 UN Peacekeeping missions since 1948.
  • India is fifth highest amongst troop-contributing countries.
  • It has provided and continues to provide, eminent Force Commanders for UN Missions.

Medical care as part of India’s Missions

  • Members of Indian Formed Police Unit also organized medical camps for Liberians.
  • Medical care is among many services Indian Peacekeepers provide.
  • They also perform specialized tasks such as veterinary support and engineering services.

India’s views on UN Peacekeeping

  • International community must adapt to rapid changes in nature and role of contemporary peacekeeping operations.
  • Security Council’s mandates to UN Peacekeeping operations need to be rooted in ground realities, and co-related with resources provided for peacekeeping operation.
  • Troop and police contributing countries should be fully involved at all stages and in all aspects of mission planning.
  • Greater financial and human resources for peace-building in post-conflict societies.