Indian peacekeepers honoured with UN Medal for Exemplary Service

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Over 1,000 Indian peacekeepers serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) were awarded the prestigious United Nations Medal at an award ceremony.

An overview of the news

  • At a special award ceremony in Upper Nile, 1,171 peacekeepers from India deployed with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan were awarded the United Nations Medal for their exemplary service.

  • For the first time, a woman officer of the Indian Army, Major Jasmine Chatha, led the parade of the Indian contingent at the award ceremony in Upper Nile.

  • India is one of the largest troop-contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions

  • Peacekeepers of India are commended for their excellent work and duties while serving in missions.

  • As of June 2022, 2370 Indian military personnel are deployed with UNMISS, second only to Rwanda (2637).

About UN Peacekeeping

  • UN peacekeeping began in 1948 when the UN Security Council authorised the deployment of UN military observers in the Middle East.

  • It helps to bring countries from conflict to a difficult path of peace.

  • It deploys soldiers and police from all over the world for peacekeeping.

  • India is one of the largest military and police contributors to UN peacekeeping operations.

  • There are currently more than 5,700 Indian peacekeepers deployed in nine of the 12 UN peacekeeping missions.

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