Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address world leaders’ summit on peacekeeping, an initiative of US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York next week. Modi will also hold a meeting with UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, where he will discuss the need to stay course in the UN Security Council reforms.
The aim of the peacekeeping summit, which Modi will address in the afternoon on September 28, is to discuss ways to make UN peacekeeping operations safer and effective at a time when such missions have become challenging across the world.
The meeting is significant in the wake of a raging debate over whether UN peacekeepers should be “peace enforcers” or mere peace-keepers.
India, which has sent more soldiers on UN missions than any other country – 180,000 on 49 missions – over the years, has been urging the world body to involve countries contributing peace troops in the decision making process of the institution. Over 150 Indians have lost lives in the peacekeeping missions so far.
Sources said New Delhi’s contribution to UN peacekeeping mission is unmatched and countries like India should have a larger say in the decision making process at the UN. The UN interventions where peacekeepers are sent have been authorized by the Security Council in which countries like India are not party to decision making. After Bangladesh and Pakistan, India sends the maximum number of soldiers to peacekeeping missions.
The peacekeeping operations deal with deploying troops to prevent conflict, sorting out conflict situations and ensuring the implementation of peace accords. Obama is co-chairing the summit. Modi will arrive in New York on September 23.