India assumes UN Security Council Presidency for August, maritime security, counter-terrorism on agenda
New Delhi, Aug 01: India assumed the Presidency of the UN Security Council on August 1. It has several important issues on its agenda, including signature events in maritime security, peacekeeping and counterterrorism during the month.
"During our Presidency in August, India is organising three high-level signature meetings, focusing on our priority areas: maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism," India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador TS Tirumurti, said in a video message from the Security Council.
"India will also be organising a solemn event in the memory of peacekeepers," he said.
He thanked France for heading the Security Council in July and supporting India in its role in the world body.
#IndiainUNSC— PR/Amb T S Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) August 1, 2021
Thank you Ambassador @NDeRiviere, PR of France for steering the UN #SecurityCouncil for the month of July. 👏
India takes over the Presidency for August ⬇️ @MEAIndia @IndiaembFrance @franceonu @FranceinIndia @afpfr @Yoshita_Singh pic.twitter.com/fCAdYj244g
Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur today expressed happiness hailing it momentous as India marks its 75th Independence Day.
"India's Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) begins in August, our Independence Day month; at a time when we are set to mark our 75th Independence Day," tweeted Thakur.
The first working day of India's Presidency will be Monday, August 2 when Tirumurti will hold a hybrid press briefing in the UN headquarters on the Council's programme of work for the month.
Tirumurti will also provide a briefing for member states of the United Nations which are non-members of the Council on its work for the month, according to a schedule released by the UN.
India's two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the Security Council began on January 1, 2021.
This is the tenth such opportunity for India. Previously, India has been President of the body nine times: June 1950, September 1967, December 1972, October 1977, February 1985, October 1991, December 1992, August 2011, and November 2012.
Expressing happiness over India taking over the Security Council Presidency, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that India will always be a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law.
"As we take over UNSC Presidency for August, look forward to working productively with other members. India will always be a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law," Jaishankar tweeted.
As we take over UNSC Presidency for August, look forward to working productively with other members.— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 1, 2021
India will always be a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law. pic.twitter.com/kPRGnFOz87
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi described it as a "momentous day" and referred to the Sanskrit phrase ''Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'' (the world is one family) to describe India''s worldview.
Bagchi said India''s tenure at the UN Security Council has been guided by five ''S'' --- ''Samman (respect), Samvaad (dialogue), Sahyog (cooperation), Shanti (peace) and Samriddhi (prosperity)''.
The French Ambassador in New Delhi, Emmanuel Lenain, said his country would work with India in tackling several issues faced by the world today.
"Delighted that India is today taking over #UNSC presidency from France. We are committed to working with India on strategic issues as maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism, and upholding a rules-based, multilateral system to face today's many ongoing crises," Ambassador Lenain tweeted.
Delighted that India is today taking over #UNSC presidency from France. We are committed to working with India on strategic issues as maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism, and upholding a rules-based, multilateral system to face today’s many ongoing crises. pic.twitter.com/f91aWoBjUQ— Emmanuel Lenain (@FranceinIndia) August 1, 2021
Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev wrote, "Truly impressed with the agenda, which embraces pressing global issues including maritime security, peacekeeping & counter-terrorism".
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
India began its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the UNSC on January 1.