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Retired Indian Army Lt General appointed member of UN panel

PTI 05 Jun 2014, 10:46:27 IST
United Nations: A retired Indian Army Lieutenant General has been appointed member of a UN expert panel on peacekeeping that will advice the world body on how to use new technologies and innovations in that field.

Lieutenant General (retd) Abhijit Guha is part of the five-member panel of experts appointed by Under-Secretaries- General for Peacekeeping Operations and for Field Support Herve Ladsous and Ameerah Haq.

Guha has recently concluded a term as Director of the Office for Peacekeeping Strategic Partnerships in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and also served as the former Deputy Military Adviser in the department from 2010 until 2012, a statement said here.

The panel would visit field missions and consult widely with UN member states, partner organisations with similar field operations, non-governmental and governmental research institutions and think tanks as well as industry leaders in areas of interest to United Nations peacekeeping.

The panel would convene in early June and in its final report, expected by November, would recommend how UN peacekeeping can benefit from ongoing technological innovations in a systematic and integrated manner in the longer term.