T S Tirumurti

India’s presence in UNSC will bring our ethos to the world, says envoy


India is all set to secure its non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in elections to be held on June 17. Ahead of the elections, India’s envoy to the UN has said that India’s presence in the UNSC will help bring to the world its ethos of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.

India is a candidate for non-permanent member seat in UNSC in the Asia-Pacific cadre for the term of 2021-2022. The country has secured the seat as it is the sole contender from the regional group. India is being endorsed by the Asia-Pacific region that comprises of 55 countries.

In a 10 minute video released on Friday highlighting India’s journey in the United Nations, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti said, “India, Asia-Pacific Group’s endorsed candidate for the non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the term 2021-22. A historical perspective of India at the UN Flag in the United Nations. A vote for India is a vote for transparency, credibility, accountability, effectiveness.”

He further elaborated on the role of India as the founding member of the United Nations and its contribution in implementing the UN’s charter goals.

“I am confident that at a time we are poised to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and later 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022. India’s presence in the security council will help bring to the world our ethos that the world is one family, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, he further said.

The tenure for non-permanent seat that India is seeking in election on June 17 is two years, which would be effective starting from January 2021. The election would be to elect members for five non-permanent seats in the UNSC. Countries taking part in the elections from different regions are Canada, Djibouti, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and Norway.

Envoy said that India’s prime focus would be on the “New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System” (NORMS).

The country’s priorities during its tenure in UNSC would be including ‘new progressive opportunities, effective response and tackling of the international terrorism, multilateral system reforms, comprehensive approach to peace and scrutiny and technology with a human touch.’

In the past too India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UNSC in the terms 1950-51, 1967-68, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1984-85, 1991-92 and 2011-12.

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