UNGA Adopts Resolution Introduced by India on Memorial Wall for Fallen UN Peacekeepers
In a significant development, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) unanimously passed a Resolution to establish a Memorial Wall commemorating the brave UN Peacekeepers who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The Resolution garnered overwhelming support from 190 out of 193 member states, highlighting the global recognition of the importance of honoring these fallen heroes.
The Resolution permits the construction of a Memorial Wall at the United Nations Headquarters, which will serve as a solemn tribute to the peacekeepers. The funding for the Memorial Wall will be sourced through voluntary contributions, emphasizing the collective responsibility of member states to honor and remember the sacrifices made by peacekeepers from around the world.
More About the Resolution
- The United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34) has tirelessly advocated for the creation of a Memorial Wall to honor the courageous Peacekeepers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their pursuit of global peace over the past eight years.
- The recent adoption of the Resolution by the UNGA represents a significant milestone in our collective dedication to recognizing and honoring the invaluable contributions of these individuals.
- The resolution was submitted by 18 countries, including Bangladesh, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Nepal, Rwanda, and the United States.
- A notable aspect of this Resolution is the unity demonstrated by prominent troop-contributing countries and the permanent members of the Security Council, who formed a core group and provided unwavering support throughout the process. This collective endorsement underscores the deep importance the United Nations places on peacekeeping and the well-being of our Peacekeepers.
- India played a leading role in this initiative by initiating a feasibility study last year to assess the practicality of establishing the Memorial Wall at the UN Headquarters.
- Following a positive assessment, the Indian Mission to the UN took the lead in spearheading the adoption of the Resolution in the last three months, showcasing their commitment to this cause.
- Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj highlighted the significance of the Resolution, stating that it pays homage to the importance the United Nations attributes to peacekeeping and our Peacekeepers.
- She also emphasized that the Memorial Wall would serve as a constant reminder of the profound impact of our decisions. It would not only honor the fallen Peacekeepers but also highlight the sacrifices made and the price we pay in pursuit of peace.
- Kamboj further expressed that Peacekeepers are not simply born but rather forged through sacrifice. Their unwavering commitment and selfless acts lay the foundation for a world where peace triumphs over conflict.
- In 2015, the Permanent Mission of India to the UN launched a virtual memorial wall dedicated to the Indian troops who made the ultimate sacrifice while actively serving as UN peacekeepers. During the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping in September 2015, hosted by then-US President Barack Obama at the UN Headquarters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the peacekeepers who laid down their lives while defending the highest ideals of the United Nations.
The establishment of the Memorial Wall will serve as a solemn tribute, preserving the memory of those who selflessly served under the UN flag. It will stand as a lasting symbol of gratitude, reminding us of the sacrifices made by our brave Peacekeepers to uphold peace, promote stability, and protect vulnerable communities worldwide. Together, we honor the legacy of our fallen heroes and reaffirm our commitment to the noble mission of peacekeeping.
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