Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha of Indian Army was on 5 June 2014 appointed as member of a UN Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN peacekeeping. Abhijit Guha is a member of the five-member expert panel.
The five-member Expert Panel was appointed by Under-Secretaries- General for Peacekeeping Operations and for Field Support Herve Ladsous and Ameerah Haq.
The panel is headed by Ms. Jane Holl Lute (United States) who is currently the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Relocation of Camp Hurriya Residents Outside of Iraq. The other members of the panel are Major General Michael Fryer of South Africa, Major General Ib Johannes Bager of Denmark and Walter Dorn of Canada.
About the Expert Panel
The initiative is part of a concerted effort by both Departments to realize efficiency gains and cost savings from the use of new and emerging technologies and innovations.
The Panel will advise on how these technologies can be leveraged to enable peacekeepers to respond more effectively to an increasing number of complex, multidimensional tasks in challenging field environments.
It will also examine how technological innovations can improve operational effectiveness, multiply impact and enhance safety and security of both Peacekeepers and host communities.
It will recommend how the two Departments can benefit from ongoing technological innovations in a systematic and integrated manner in the longer term.
The Panel will convene in June 2014 and will release its final report by November 2014.
Where: UN peacekeeping
When: 5 June 2014