India to concentrate on ‘achievables’ in eighth two-year stint on UNSC

Sandeep Dikshit

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 31

India from Friday will sit in the 15-nation United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the next two years. 

This is the eighth time out of nine attempts that India has won the elections as a non-permanent member of the UNSC. Its only loss was to Japan in the early nineties.

“Not a single thing has moved. Is this the type of process we want or can we collectively come to a slightly better process which will yield results,” asked T R Tirumurti, India Permanent Representative to the UN about India’s aspiration to become a permanent member.

“We would like to have a more cooperative structure in which we genuinely look out and find solutions and go beyond the rhetoric,” he added. PM Narendra Modi’s plans to convert India’s non-permanent presence at UNSC from 2021 to 2022 into a permanent membership is in disarray due to hostilities with China and a quasi-estrangement with Russia.

“India will promote fundamental values like human rights and development and reinforce multilateralism while underlining the need for greater cooperation in the UN Security Council, he said while outlining a platter of more achievable objectives in areas such as counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, maritime security, technology for the people and developmental issues

“Broadly these are some of the messages which we will carry in various degrees…We will be a country which will reinforce multilateralism. That would be the biggest strength of India in many ways when it gets into the Security Council,” he said.

“The current multilateralism is not factoring in multi-polarity. When you have a structure, which is able to accommodate the multi-polarity in a multilateral framework, then automatically (there is) a more responsive, more rule-bound and more inclusive process,” he added.

Tirumurti also suggested that India would play a balancing role at a time when the five permanent members of UNSC (P-5) are badly divided. “UN is losing coherence and we hope to bring this back by focusing on issues of priority to all Member States,” he observed.


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