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UNITE Aware Platform

  • 19 Aug 2021
  • 3 min read

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India, in collaboration with the United Nations (UN), has launched a technology platform to ensure the safety and security of peacekeepers who are operating across the world.

Key Points

  • About the UNITE Aware:
    • Aim: This project aims to demonstrate the impact of modern surveillance technology on the detection of asymmetric threats.
    • Situational Awareness Software Programme: It utilises modern surveillance technology for real time threat assessments to peacekeepers in maintaining security.
      • This will access live video and satellite imagery, and in very volatile circumstances can also deliver early warnings to peacekeepers.
      • It can also record data on critical incidents and events and follow daily operational activities.
      • Using the platform, the entire peacekeeping operation can be visualised, coordinated, and monitored on a real time basis.
    • Partnership: India has developed the technology platform in partnership with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Operational Support.
    • Deployment: The platform will be deployed initially in four UN Peacekeeping Missions: MINUSMA (Mali), UNMISS (South Sudan), UNFICYP (Cyprus) and AMISOM (Somalia).
    • India's Contribution: India has contributed USD 1.64 million for this project.
  • UN Peacekeeping:
    • Joint Effort: It is a joint effort between the Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Operational Support.
      • It deploys troops and police from around the world, integrating them with civilian peacekeepers to address a range of mandates set by the UN Security Council (UNSC) and the General Assembly.
      • It helps countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace.
    • Financial Contribution: The financial resources of UN Peacekeeping operations are the collective responsibility of UN Member States.
    • Legal Obligation: According to the UN Charter, every Member State is legally obligated to pay their respective share for peacekeeping.
    • India's Contribution:
      • India is a major contributing nation to UN peacekeeping activities.
        • Currently, there are 5506 troops and police from India who have been deployed to nine different UN peacekeeping missions, 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.
      • India has a long tradition of sending women on UN peacekeeping missions.
        • In 2007, India became the first country to deploy an all-women contingent to a UN peacekeeping mission.

Source: TH

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