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PM Modi Chairs United Nations Security Council Meeting

India Reaches Global Heights

  August 2021 - A historical moment was created for India when the country has stepped on the 75th year of its Independence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) debate meeting on August 9. With this, Narendra Modi has become the first-ever Indian prime minister to chair the prestigious UNSC meeting.

What’s on India’s agenda in this pivotal position? At the time of the presidency in UNSC, India focuses on three major areas - maritime security, peacekeeping and counter-terrorism.

The topic of the key virtual meeting was a most important issue in recent times - ‘Maritime Security’ while taking into account international cooperation. The security over our oceans and waters. Why it’s a big deal?

In this high participation meet, Narendra Modi highlighted several key points which are integral for maritime security. It includes but is not limited to free maritime trade, free from barriers, collective management of maritime threats, responsible maritime connectivity and so on.

He also suggested a peaceful settlement of the maritime dispute by International law, while preserving the maritime environment and resources. His speech raised questions on the Chinese marine activities in the South China Sea, which often comes in a blatant disregard of the sovereignty of other countries.

Prime Minister has discussed the importance of a smooth flow in maritime trade as it can lead to prosperity for countries around the globe. According to him, the major challenge to the free flow of maritime trade is the misuse of the routes for piracy and terrorism, which can hurt the global economy too.

UNSC is a much-coveted place to make the voice heard for India, even though they are one of the non-permanent members of UNSC. Along with Brazil, Germany and Japan, they are campaigning for a permanent seat in UNSC. In recent times, New Delhi has described the post-World War II UNSC structure as old-fashioned, which needs urgent change.

The permanent members like the US, Britain, France and Russia expressed pro-India opinions in this regard, China is against this development. As they have a close association with India’s political rival Pakistan, China moves to block India’s upgradation time and time again.

In the meeting that was arranged on video conference, several high-profile politicians, dignitaries, bureaucrats and policymakers were present. Besides, the Indian Prime Minister, the Presidents of Russia and Kenya, the Prime Minister of Vietnam and 10 ministers were present, out of which, seven were foreign ministers.

In recent times, India is making rapid progress in the field of international relationships and taking a leading position among global policymakers. When Narendra Modi chaired this UNSC meet, it added new laurels to India. It is also a testimony to the successful Indian bureaucracy, that too, during the month of the Indian Independence day.

This strong vibe from the Indian side is again to be resonated when S. Jaishankar, the Indian foreign minister heads for the UNSC with a focus on terrorism as the main topic of discussion. His meeting topics will cover the impact of the rising reign of the Taliban in Afghanistan and its global consequences.

These points are integral to the security and sovereignty of India. Standing at the 75th year of Independence, the importance of this UNSC presidency will go a long way, with a positive impact on the whole world and that’s for sure.
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