United Nations, January 5
India will be a voice for the developing world and against the common enemies of humanity like terrorism, India’s Ambassador to the UN has said, asserting that the country will use its tenure on the UN Security Council to bring human-centric and inclusive solutions to matters of global peace and security.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, TS Tirumurti, made the remarks while speaking at a special flag installation ceremony organised at the Security Council stakeout here on Monday. Flags of the five new incoming non-permanent members of the Security Council – India, Norway, Kenya, Ireland and Mexico – were installed at the stakeout during the special ceremony.
On January 1, India began its tenure as non-permanent member of the powerful 15-nation UN organ for the 2021-22 term.
Tirumurti installed the Indian Tricolour and said that as India assumes the membership of the Security Council for the eighth time: “it is an honour for me as the Permanent Representative of India to take part in today’s flag installation ceremony”.
“India comes into the Security Council as the largest democracy representing 1/6th of humanity and with a strong commitment to reformed multilateralism, rule of law, a fair and equitable international system and to peace, security and development. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we stand united as one, bound by our ethos of democracy, pluralism and commitment to fundamental rights,” Tirumurti said.
He said India would “use our tenure to bring human-centric and inclusive solutions to matters of international peace and security. India will be a voice for the developing world.”
“We will not shy away from raising our voice against the common enemies of humanity like terrorism,” he said, adding that India looks forward to “our collective pursuit for an ideal where the World is One Family – ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.”
The Indian envoy said peace-keeping, peace-building, maritime security, women and youth, especially in conflict situations, and technology with a human face, will receive India’s attention while on the 15-nation Council.
Noting that even as the world comes together in solidarity to face the COVID-19 pandemic, Tirumurti quoted Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda to say, “Each nation must give, in order to live. When you give life, you will have life; when you receive, you must pay for it by giving to all others.”
Tirumurti also expressed gratitude to all the Member States of the United Nations who “have given us an overwhelming mandate” to represent them in the Security Council. PTI