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India collaborates with UN launches tech platform for peacekeepers

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    25th Aug, 2021

Context

India, in collaboration with the United Nation (UN), launched ‘UNITE Aware’, a technology platform to ensure the safety and security of peacekeepers who are operating in increasingly complex and risky environments across the world.

About

About UNITE Aware:

  • UNITE Aware is a situational awareness software programme that will utilise modern surveillance technology for real time threat assessments to peacekeepers.
  • India has contributed USD 1.64 million for the project.
  • India has developed the technology platform in partnership with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Operational Support.

Objectives of the mission

  • To demonstrate the impact of modern surveillance technology on the detection of asymmetric threats. 
  • To improve camp security for UN peacekeepers, the overall security situation, and the quality of situational awareness.

UN Peacekeeping missions (for initial launch)

  • The UNITE Aware platform will be initially launched in four UN Peacekeeping Missions: 
    • MINUSMA (Mali)
    • UNMISS (South Sudan)
    • UNFICYP (Cyprus) 
    • AMISOM (Somalia)

The launch of the UNITE AWARE platform came as India assumed the Presidency of the 15-nation UN Security Council for the month of August.

What is UN Peacekeeping? 

  • UN Peacekeeping is guided by three basic principles:
  • Consent of the parties
  • Impartiality
  • Non-use of force except in self-defence and defence of the mandate
  • UN peacekeepers provide security and the political and peace building support to help countries make the difficult, early transition from conflict to peace.

India, a major contributing nation to UN peacekeeping activities

  • In 2017, India became the first country to deploy an all-women contingent to a UN peacekeeping mission in 2017.
  • At present, there are 5506 troops and police from India who have been deployed to nine different UN peacekeeping missions.
    • It is the second highest amongst troop-contributing countries.
  • More than 200,000 Indians have served in 49 of the 71 UN peacekeeping missions established around the world, since 1948.
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