India votes in favour of UNSC resolution on mental health of UN peacekeepers
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India on 21 December voted in favour of a resolution on the mental health of UN peacekeepers.
India's Permanent Ambassador to the UN Ruchira Kamboj said, as one of the largest troop contributing countries over the years, India attaches the highest importance to the safety and well-being of UN peacekeepers.
Mental health is an essential component of the overall health in which UN peacekeepers work.
Therefore, the medical care and well-being of UN personnel is the collective responsibility of all Member States.
Meanwhile, Kamboj raised the issue of data and studies done in consultation with troop and police contributing countries and the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, or C34.
C 34 has been giving due consideration to the issue of mental health of UN personnel in peace operations.
UNSC resolution on mental health
members of the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on mental health and psychosocial support for personnel of UN peace operations.
Mexico initiated the draft resolution on mental health and psychosocial support.
The draft resolution will be the first stand-alone Security Council resolution on mental health.
The draft resolution recognises the need to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and psychosocial support for UN peace operations personnel.
It references the 2018 United Nations Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of UN personnel and improving organizational capabilities to maintain and protect mental health, which Applies to the entire United Nations system.
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