The International UN Peacekeeper's Day is celebrated world over on May 29 to honour fallen peacekeepers and to pay tribute to those who served or are still serving in UN peacekeeping missions. To mark the occasion, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) and Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK) along with United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office organized a joint seminar on 'United Nations Response to Protection of Civilians and Challenges in Emerging Conflict Situation'. The event saw enthusiastic participation by diplomatic community, officers from ministries, veteran peacekeepers, UN Country Teams, students from prominent universities and Indian Army contingents earmarked for UN deployment.
Lt Gen Ajae Kumar Sharma Director General Staff Duties delivered the Inaugural Address. Mr Derk Segaar, Director, United Nations Information Center, New Delhi read out the UN Secretary General's message. A two minutes silence was observed to pay homage to the fallen peacekeepers. Speaking on the occasion Lt Gen Satish Nambiar, Padma Bhushan, PVSM, AVSM, VrC (Retd) gave out Key Note Address wherein, he applauded the Indian UN Peacekeeping Contingents for their dedication, conduct and competence. He also said that the Indian Army's UN Contingents shall at all times maintain the highest standards of professionalism and discipline while strictly adhering to ideals and principles of UN Peacekeeping.
The seminar focused on the importance of UN response to Protection of Civilians and Challenges in Emerging Conflict Situations. The role and relevance of United Nations in conflict torn societies was deliberated upon with emphasis on Preventive Diplomacy and Peacemaking. It aimed to enhance the knowledge levels of the audience while attempting to give out policy prescription on future options for world peace. It also deliberated upon the lessons learnt in the field and innovative force designing that shall ensure better overall standards and professionalism in mission areas.
The event was one of the many international events conducted by CUNPK and CLAWS in India and was also supported by UN Resident Coordinator, India. The event laid down the foundation for meaningful deliberations for UN peace operations in a changing world and was well received by the participants.