01 August, 2022
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Recently, two BSF personnel who were part of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), were among five people killed during a protest in an eastern town near the border with Uganda.
Background of UN peacekeeping force
Aim: to provide security as well as political and peacebuilding support to conflict-ridden countries.
Coverage: There is approximately 81,820 personnel serving on 13 peace operations led by UNDPO on four continents currently. This also represents a nine-fold increase since 1999.
The three basic principles that guide U.N.’s Peacekeeping missions are:
County and strength: A total of 119 countries have contributed military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping. Currently, 72,930 of those serving are troops and military observers, and about 8,890 are police personnel.
The function of UN peacekeeper personnel:
India’s contribution to UN peacekeeping
History of India’s contribution:
India has a long history of service in UN Peacekeeping, having contributed more personnel than any other country.
Role of women in Indian Peacekeeping
Medical care as part of India’s Missions
UN Medals of Honour
Trust Fund on sexual exploitation
There is a need to provide resources and required training in emerging technologies and new ways of warfare to decrease the causalities of the peacekeeping forces.
Data and facts
A total of 175 Indian peacekeepers have so far died while serving with the United Nations.
India has lost more peacekeepers than any other UN Member State.
India has been the largest troop contributor to UN missions since its inception.
Blue Helmets are the military personnel of the U.N. that work alongside the U.N. Police and civilian colleagues to promote stability, security, and peace processes.
The personnel gets the name from the iconic blue helmets or berets they wear.
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Source: The Indian Express
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