New York [US]: After the recent deaths of peacekeepers in Congo, India emphasised peace building and sustaining peace at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday (local time).
“The Peace building Commission (PBC) should exercise its convening role more effectively. It must involve itself more proactively in the activities of the Peace building Fund to address the financial deficit, said Ambassador R Ravindra, Charge d’affaires, at UNSC. India has acknowledged PBC’s significance since its inception and deeply appreciated its advisory, bridging and convening roles.
“Our perspective on addressing conflicts has undergone a paradigm shift; from resolution, reconciliation and recovery to prevention and reconstruction,” said Ravindra.
The Indian envoy focussed on sustainable development, inclusive economic growth, and political processes which form an integral part of conflict prevention and peace building efforts today.
“We believe PBC needs enhanced support and increased focus from the member-states in fulfilling its mandate. We emphasise that inclusivity is cardinal to advancing national peace building objectives. An exclusively donor-driven approach to peace building may not be the most prudent path to follow,” said Ravindra.
He further said that enhanced financial support for peace building activities should be merit-based.
“The ongoing discourse on enhanced financial support for peace building activities through sources other than voluntary contributions merits an in-depth and careful study of the ramifications on the UN ecosystem. Any decision to that effect must be consensus-based,” said Ravindra.
He further said that PBC should exercise its convening role more effectively.
“The advisory role of PBC should be exercised judiciously, only when warranted. It must involve more proactively in the activities of the Peace building Fund to address the financial deficit,” said Ravindra.
India is one of the leading T/PCCs (Troop/Police Contributing Countries) to UN peace-keeping missions and has been an active member of the PBC. India’s fundamental approach to peacebuilding efforts is anchored in respect for national ownership and developmental priorities of member-states.
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. India continues to assist countries through bilateral and multilateral fora in post-conflict situations by providing substantial grants and soft loans.
“Going forward, India will continue to be a force multiplier for peacebuilding efforts. We hope that these efforts will continue to be always driven by a “people-centric” approach,” said the Indian envoy.
Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on a UN peace-keeping mission in the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo on Tuesday succumbed to fatal injuries they had received during violent protests.
The Border Security Force (BSF) Director General and all ranks on Wednesday expressed condolences on the demise of HC Shishupal Singh and HC Sanwala Ram Vishnoi, deployed with the UN Peacekeeping contingent (@MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Both the deceased personnel were from Rajasthan and held the rank of head constable.
Two platoons of the BSF, comprising 70-74 personnel, had been deployed in the area and were inducted in May.