NEW DELHI: Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) celebrated the UN Peacekeeping Day on 29 May 2015 at the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi Cantt. Lt Gen Philip Campose, the Vice Chief of Army Staff was the Chief Guest at the function.
The event is part of the worldwide celebrations undertaken on the day to commemorate all brave men and women who have contributed towards establishing peace and security in the war torn countries and ravaged societies across the world.
The officials acknowledged the contribution of the Indian Armed Forces in about 50 peacekeeping missions across the world and remembered all those valiant soldiers who laid down their life in the line of duty at a place away from their homeland.
The event was marked by a seminar on issues pertaining to peacekeeping and its Challenges in Today’s Dynamically Changing World. Various dignitaries including Lt Gen I S Singha, Lt Gen Satish Nambiar (Retd), Lt Gen RK Mehta (Retd), Ms Rebecca Tavares from UN Women and Munu Mahawar , JS (UNP) Division were also present on the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, Lt Gen Philip Campose said that the entire peacekeepers’ fraternity had a singularity of purpose that was aimed at ensuring international peace and security. He further said that nature of conflicts was changing at a rapid pace and everyone had to evolve, adjust and modify to suit the requirements of such complexities of time and space. He also applauded the efforts of CUNPK in this direction and commended its efforts for training officers of Indian and foreign diasporas.
Earlier, the Secretary General’s address was read out to the gathering by Kiran Mehra Kerpelman, Director, United Nations Information Center, New Delhi. The Address of Sushma Swaraj, Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs, Govt of India, was also read by Munu Mahawar, JS (UNP) of MEA.
India began its tryst with UN Peacekeeping by providing the Custodian Force in Korea, 1950. It is worth mentioning that the Indian Army is among the top three contributors to UN Missions.