Memorial Wall for fallen Peacekeepers

Context: The UN General Assembly has adopted a draft resolution introduced by India to establish a memorial wall in the UN Headquarters to honour fallen peacekeepers. More on News:
  • India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador introduced the draft resolution titled ‘Memorial wall for fallen United Nations peacekeepers’ in the UN General Assembly hall.
  • The resolution was co-sponsored by nearly 190 UN Member States and was adopted by consensus.
  • UNGA welcomed the initiative of Member States to establish a memorial wall at a suitable and prominent place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  • Time to construct: The resolution stipulates that the wall be completed within three years of the text’s adoption.
  • Virtual memorial wall by India: 
    • In 2015, the Permanent Mission of India to the UN launched a virtual memorial wall, dedicated to the Indian troops who made the supreme sacrifice while doing active service as UN peacekeepers.
    • This initiative was a precursor to the eventual construction of the Peacekeepers Memorial Wall.
About UN Peacekeeping:
  • Global partnership: UN peacekeeping is a unique global partnership. It brings together the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Secretariat, troop and police contributors and the host governments in a combined effort to maintain international peace and security.
  • Backed by UN Charter: Its strength lies in the legitimacy of the UN Charter and in the wide range of contributing countries that participate and provide precious resources.
  • Purpose: 
    • To provide security and the political and peacebuilding support to help countries make the difficult, early transition from conflict to peace.
    • To facilitate the political process
    • To protect civilians
    • To assist in the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants
    • To support the organization of elections
    • To protect and promote human rights and assist in restoring the rule of law
  • Guiding principles:
    • Consent of the parties
    • Impartiality
    • Non-use of force except in self-defence and defence of the mandate.
  • There are currently 12 UN peacekeeping operations deployed on three continents.
News Source: The HinduUN

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