Underlining the role of technology in the safety of UN peacekeepers, India has told the world body's top organ that plans are afoot to launch a mobile tech platform in August this year that will provide terrain-related information to the Blue Helmets in the line of duty.
"Infusion of appropriate technology can play a significant role in improving the safety and security of the peacekeepers. Use of field-focused, reliable and cost-effective new technologies in peacekeeping operations that are driven by practical needs of end users on the ground is the need of the hour," India's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador K Nagaraj Naidu said on Monday.
Addressing the UN Security Council open debate on 'United Nations peacekeeping operations: Improving safety and security of peacekeepers', Naidu said India, in partnership with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Operational Support, has been working towards developing a mobile tech platform 'UNITE AWARE' that helps increase situational awareness and provides terrain-related information to peacekeepers.
"We have already contributed USD 1.64 million towards this project and hope to launch it during our August presidency later this year," he said. India will be the President of the 15-nation UN Security Council in August this year.