The Minister of External Affairs has announced the launch of ‘UNITE Aware,’ a situational awareness tool developed in collaboration with the United Nations to assist ensure the protection of UN soldiers. This was disclosed during a recent open debate on technology and peacekeeping at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
What is UNITE AWARE?
UNITE AWARE is a mobile technology platform created by India to give UN soldiers terrain-related information in order to safeguard their safety. It is being developed in collaboration with the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Operational Support. This project cost India $1.64 million dollars. This effort is founded on the belief that a whole peacekeeping mission can be visualised, coordinated, and monitored in real-time.
UN peacekeeping operations are police and peacebuilding operations carried out by the UN to restore order and stability to war-torn countries. The Security Council must approve any peacekeeping deployment. Composition: Member nations provide peacekeeping forces on a voluntary basis. Soldiers, police officers, and civilians make up UN peacekeepers (sometimes known as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets). The UN Secretariat recruits and deploys foreign civil employees for peacekeeping missions. Three key concepts govern UN peacekeeping: The parties’ agreement, Impartiality, Except in self-defense and defence of the mandate, no use of force is permitted.
The top five contributors to UN peacekeeping operations in assessed contributions for 2020-2021 are the United States of America (27.89 percent ), China (15.21 percent ), Japan (8.56 percent ), Germany (6.09 percent ), United Kingdom (5.79 percent ).
Source: The Hindu