External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will visit New York this week during India's ongoing Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and preside over two high-level signature events on August 18-19.
The first event will be an open debate on 'Protecting the Protectors: Technology and Peacekeeping' and the second event will be a high-level briefing on 'Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts'. Both are priorities areas for India during its UNSC presidency this month, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. The open debate on Peacekeeping will focus on the theme of 'Protecting the Protectors', including the use of modern technological tools to enhance the safety and security of Peacekeepers and aid Peacekeeping Missions to effectuate their mandates effectively and efficiently.
An MoU between the government of India and the UN in support of the 'Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping' initiative is expected to be signed during the visit.
The executing agencies for this MoU would be the Center for UN Peacekeeping (CUNPK – on the Indian side) and UN C4ISR Academy for Peace Operations (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) based in Entebbe (Uganda) on the UN's side, the MEA said.