New Delhi: India is set to chair the UN Security Council from today. In other words, the command of the UN Security Council will be in the hands of India from today. During his presidency, India will focus on issues such as maritime security, peace and an end to terrorism. He will chair a high-level program on these issues. According to information received from the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador of India TS Tirumurthy briefed the Head of the UN General Assembly on the major activities during his tenure as President of India.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador TS Thirumurthy, said in a video message on the eve of the presidency of the 15-nation powerful UN body that it was a special honor for us to take over the presidency of the Security Council this month. The point is, this month we are celebrating our 75th Independence Day.
Today is Sunday, so the first working day of the President of India will be Monday i.e. 2nd August. TS Tirumurthy will hold a press conference at the UN headquarters on the council’s agenda for a month. According to the program published by the United Nations, Tirumurti will also provide job descriptions to UN member states that are not members of the Council.
Former Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said on taking over the presidency of the UNSC, “Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to decide to chair the UNSC meeting.” It also said that this is our 8th term at UNSC.
Many countries, including Russia and France, have congratulated India on taking over the presidency of the UN Security Council. Nikolai Kudashev, Russia’s ambassador to India, tweeted, “Really fascinated by the agenda, which includes global issues of maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism.
“We are committed to working with India on strategic issues such as maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism, and upholding a rule-based multilateral system,” said Emmanuel Lenin, France’s ambassador to India.
Let us tell you that India’s two-year term as a temporary member of the Council began on January 1, 2021. India will again chair the Council in December 2022, the last month of its two-year term.