New Delhi: India took over as the President of the United Nations Security Council on Sunday and will,l host events on marine security, counter-terrorism and peacekeeping. In a video message, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said, “It is a singular honour for us to be presiding over the Security Council the same month when we are celebrating our 75th Independence Day”.
India will start its role from August 2 when Tirumurti will hold a hybrid press briefing in the UN headquarters on the Council’s programme of work for the month.
He will hold another briefing for United Nations members who are not in the Security Council about the work that will be done in August.
Tirumurti also said that maritime security was a huge issues and the Security Council needs to take a holistic approach on the issues.
Peacekeeping is a topic “close to our hearts, given our own long and pioneering involvement” with peacekeeping, he said.
India will focus on how to ensure the safety of peacekeepers, especially by using better technology and how to bring perpetrators of crimes against peacekeepers to justice.
As a country that has been at the forefront in the fight against terrorism, India will continue to keep the spotlight on counterterrorism, he added.
Tirumurti said in the last seven months of India’s tenure in the Council, “we have taken a principled and forward-looking position on various issues. We have been unafraid of shouldering responsibilities. We have been proactive. We have focused on issues of our priority.”
“We have made efforts to bridge the different voices within the Council to ensure that the Council comes together and speaks in one voice on a variety of important issues of the day. This is what we will bring into our Presidency,” he said.
Congratulating India over the appointment Russian ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev said that he was truly impressed with the agenda set for the month.
“Congratulations on #India‘s taking over the #UNSC presidency! Truly impressed with the agenda, which embraces pressing global issues including maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism. Expecting fruitful & effective work. Wishing many happy returns & all the success,” he tweeted.
Congratulations on #India's taking over the #UNSC presidency! Truly impressed with the agenda, which embraces pressing global issues including maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism. Expecting fruitful & effective work. Wishing many happy returns & all the success! pic.twitter.com/1f8tDfbxel
— Nikolay Kudashev 🇷🇺 (@NKudashev) August 1, 2021
French ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain also congratulated India on the appointment.
“We are committed to working with India on strategic issues as maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism, and upholding a rules-based, multilateral system,” Lenai told ANI.
With inputs from PTI