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Source: The post is based on the article “UN peacekeeping mission: India to train women from ASEAN” published in The Hindu on 30th May 2023
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Indian Defence Minister last year proposed an initiative for ‘women in United Nations Peacekeeping (UNPK) operations’ as part of expanding India-ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) defence cooperation. Under it, India is set to conduct two initiatives for training women personnel from South East Asia.
The announcement was made on the day when in 1948, the first UN peacekeeping mission, “U.N. Truce Supervision Organisation”, began operations in Palestine.
About United Nations Peacekeeping forces
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About the India-ASEAN initiative for women in UNPK operations
One of the initiatives under the initiative ‘include the conduct of tailor-made courses for women peacekeepers of ASEAN member-states at the Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) in India. In all 20 member states of UN peacekeepers, two from each country would be trained.
The other is a ‘tabletop exercise’ for women officers from ASEAN, incorporating facets of UNPK challenges to be conducted in December.
About India’s participation in UNPK
India has contributed 2,75,000 troops to peacekeeping missions so far and 159 Indian Army soldiers have lost their lives across the globe.
India, one of the largest troop-contributing nations to the UNPK, currently has around 5,900 troops deployed in 12 U.N. missions.
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