India, UN to sign MoU on technology partnership in peacekeeping missions

India and the United Nations are all set to sign an MoU in support of the peacekeeping mission as a part of the visit by Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar. As stated earlier by the Ministry of External Affairs, EAM Jaishankar will be presiding at two high-level meetings of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). He reached New York on Monday.

Dr. Jaishankar tweeted, good to meet UN Secretary General. Our discussions focused on Afghanistan, following upon the Security Council meeting, he added. The first event will be an Open Debate today on ‘Protecting the Protectors: Technology and Peacekeeping’. The second event to be held tomorrow will be a high-level briefing on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts’. His visit to New York comes during India’s Presidency of the United Nations Security Council. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be assigning an MoU for supporting the “Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping” initiative. The MoU will be signed in the presence of the Secretaries-General, Representatives of Members of UN Security Council, Military Attaches, and Special Invitees.

On August 19, the External Affairs Minister would preside over a briefing session on the six-monthly report of the UN Secretary General on the threat posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant under the agenda item ‘Threats to International Peace and Security caused by Terrorist Acts’. During this visit, Dr Jaishankar will also have bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers of other Member States on the sidelines of these UNSC high-level events.