India's constructive role in neighbourhood in spotlight
India highlighted its constructive and significant role in human-centric globalization at the United Nations General Assembly and said that it had provided nearly USD 4 billion in food and financial assistance to Sri Lanka.
At a UNGA Annual Joint Debate on the Reports of Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) and Peacebuilding Fund (PBF), India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj said, "In our immediate neighbourhood, we are continuing to help our good friend and neighbour Sri Lanka to ensure food security by providing nearly USD 4 billion in food and financial assistance during the past few months."
Speaking about the India-UN Development Partnership Fund which was established in 2017, she said that in a short span of five years, the Fund has developed a portfolio of 66 development projects in partnership with 51 developing countries, including 17 countries in Africa, focusing on South-owned, South-led, demand-driven Sustainable Development Projects (SDGs).
Since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict, in order to mitigate the adverse effects of the destruction of food and commodity supply chains, India has also been providing financial and food assistance to countries in need.
India has always played a constructive and significant role in the context of peacebuilding through its extensive development partnership with countries of the Global South.
She also congratulated Bangladesh for Chairing the Peacebuilding Commissions (PBC) since February and thanked Egypt for its contribution to PBC initiatives.
Speaking on Indian contributions to peacebuilding efforts, Kamboj said, "We have more than 5, 500 personnel deployed across 9 Missions, serving under the blue flag, 177 gallant Indian soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice, the largest number among the troops contributing and police-contributing countries."