New York: Highlighting India’s two-year tenure at the United Nations Security, which is coming to an end on December 31, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ruchira Kamboj on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, said New Delhi was the voice of the entire Global South, and reinforced commitment to multilateralism and UN reforms.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Ambassador Kamboj said, “We were the voice of the entire Global South and we reinforced our commitment to the basic principles, including multilateralism, rule of law, and fair and equitable international system.”
India assumed the monthly rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on December 1, the second time in its two-year tenure, as an elected member of the Council in 2021-22. India had earlier assumed the UNSC presidency in August 2021.
Summing up last two years for Indian Mission at UN, underscoring India’s December Presidency, she said, “At the high-level week of UNGA in 2020, where we before entered the Security Council, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that we will use the prestige and experience of being the largest democracy in the world for the benefit of the whole world.”
Lauding India’s tenure and achievements, Kamboj said, “We can take pride in saying that India stood by those words. In the last two years, we spoke out in support of peace, security and prosperity. We did not hesitate in raising our voice against the common enemies of humanity, such as, terrorism.”
She emphasized that India raised voice against terrorism in these two years, bringing attention to its various expressions which need to be addressed by the international community through solidarity and unity.
“In October 2022 as you all know, we brought the Security Council, the famous horse-shoe table to India for the very first time, adopting the Delhi Declaration, where the Security Council spoke with one voice in countering terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” Kamboj told ANI.
She reiterated that India brought the Council together in presenting a united front against terrorism.
“In keeping up with the momentum, we piloted statement on counter-terrorism and during our December Presidency, we once again brought the Council together in presenting a united front against terrorism,” she added.
On multilateralism and reforms in UN, she said, “We focussed our attention to the urgent need of reformed multilateralism through a signature event on December 14, for it to be fit for the purpose that UN needs to be urgently reformed to deal those with current and future challenges”.
More than 70 countries participated in an open discussion chaired by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and many affirmed support to India in an expanded Security Council.
She also dwelt on the unveiling of a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. “He (Gandhi) will remain here now as beacon and symbol of peace,” she said.
On maritime security, Kamboj said until not too long ago, the Security Council was focused only on the issue of piracy, whereas maritime security encompasses far larger issues as well as a large troop-contributing country.
“During our August Presidency of 2021, we organized an open debate on maritime security. As you may recall, this was the first time that Indian Prime Minister chaired the Security Council meeting. It was also the first time that Security Council had adopted a product in a holistic manner on maritime security, whereas earlier, it was focused only on piracy and armed robbery,” said Kamboj.
“As a large troop contributing country, we also brought attention to peace-keeping in August 2021, piloting Resolution 2589, which was adopted in a meeting chaired by EAM Jaishankar. It calls for accountability in cases of crimes against peace-keepers,” she added.
The Indian envoy said overall, India’s has been an effective presence in the Council as it was leaving behind the imprint of a caring and contributive country.