U.N. peacekeeping chief to visit India

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UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix is on a visit to India, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Japan from 6 October to 15 October.

Important facts

  • He participated in a two-day meeting organized by the Challenges Forum, which brings together leading policy makers, practitioners and academics on key issues related to peacekeeping.

  • India is one of the largest military contributors to its missions in UN peacekeeping.

  • The purpose of Lacroix's visit is to review the countries' contributions to and support for UN peacekeeping and progress in enhancing the effectiveness of peacekeeping.

  • The Challenge Forum (CAF) 22 was co-hosted by the organization's Indian partner United Service Institution of India (USI).

About UN Peacekeeping

  • UN peacekeeping began in 1948 when the UN Security Council authorized 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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