India enhances diplomatic power at its UN mission because it readies to sit down at UNSC high-table

New York, August 11

The diplomatic power on the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations (PMI) is being enhanced as India readies to sit down within the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member starting January 1, 2021.

Sources mentioned 4 diplomats would be part of India’s Permanent Mission over the course of the subsequent two to 3 months, in time as India begins its two year-term on the Council from January 1, 2021.

The diplomats who will be part of the PMI workforce, below the management of India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador TS Tirumurti, are R Ravindra (IFS 1999), who’s at present Joint Secretary (Central and West Africa Division); Pratik Mathur (IFS 2007), at present posted as Deputy Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office; Ashish Sharma (IFS 2009); and Rajesh Parihar (IFS 2009), who’s First Secretary (Economic and Commerce) on the Indian Embassy in Beijing.

India’s Permanent Mission to the UN at present has 14 diplomats. Ambassador Ok Nagaraj Naidu is the Deputy Permanent Representative.

The endorsed candidate from the Asia-Pacific States, India gained 184 votes out of the 192 ballots solid within the elections in June for 5 non-permanent seats of the Security Council, the world group’s strongest organ.

In 2021, India, Norway, Ireland, Kenya and Mexico will sit within the Security Council together with 5 everlasting members — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — in addition to non-permanent members — Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam.

Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council for the years 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and most just lately in 2011-2012.

India has been on the forefront of the years-long efforts to reform the Security Council saying it rightly deserves a spot as a everlasting member of the Council, which in its present type doesn’t characterize the geo-political realities of the 21st century. PTI

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