MeraNews Network, New Delhi: India has donated three lakh dollars for a peacekeeping initiative at the United Nations. The spokesman for the UN secretary-general Stéphane Dujarric said the programme will help develop the capacity of future commanders and managers over a period of three years.

The UN Department of Field Support announced that the Indian government donated the amount for the 'Pipeline to Peacekeeping Command Programme' with a specific focus on issues of conduct and discipline among the peacekeeping personnel. India has been a key partner in preventing and addressing sexual exploitation and abuse, and there have been no allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse against uniformed personnel from India since 2013.

India's Permanent Representative at the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said that India is a strong supporter of the UN's Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. He added that New Delhi remains committed to contributing through all means possible for the cause.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Atul Khare said, “This programme will be the first of its kind with a focus on issues of conduct and sexual exploitation and abuse, and we are grateful for the lead of India on such a significant new initiative.”