Way forward for India at UNSC

Synopsis: As India assumes UNSC membership for the 8th time as one of the 10 non-permanent members, it should integrate UNSC functions with national objectives while adjusting to changed realities.  Introduction   Dynamics at UNSC have changed completely since the cold war, while India’s attitude has changed from the reactive to the proactive.  India needs to align its goals of national objectives at UNSC with the present dynamics at… Continue reading Way forward for India at UNSC

15th East Asia Summit

News: India’s External Affairs Minister has represented India at the 15th East Asia Summit(EAS). Facts: The summit was chaired by the Prime Minister of Vietnam. During the summit, countries adopted the Ha Noi Declaration and discussed ways to strengthen the EAS platform and make it more responsive to emerging challenges. Additional Facts: East Asia Summit:… Continue reading 15th East Asia Summit

206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)

News: The 206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU) will be held from 1st to 4th November 2020. Facts: Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU): It was established in 1889 as a global organization of national parliaments. Aim: To promote parliamentary dialogue worldwide and works for peace and cooperation among the people. Members: It consists of… Continue reading 206th Session of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)


News: External Affairs Minister of India has chaired the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Foreign Ministers meet. Facts: The countries called for accelerated and comprehensive reforms of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). They also agreed to extend their support to the African Union in accordance with the Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration. Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte… Continue reading IBSA

WHO South East Asia Region (SEAR)

News: The 73rd session of WHO South East Asia Region was held under the Chairmanship of Minister of Health, Thailand. Facts: WHO South East Asia Region (SEAR): It was established at the First World Health Assembly in 1948. Objective: To address persisting and emerging epidemiological and demographic challenges in the South East Asia Region. Member… Continue reading WHO South East Asia Region (SEAR)

BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC): It is a regional organization founded in 1997 through the Bangkok Declaration. Aim: To create an enabling environment for economic development; accelerate social progress and promote collaboration on matters of common interest in the region. Members: It comprises seven Member States: five deriving from… Continue reading BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation)

International Labour Organization (ILO)

News: After 35 years, India has assumed the Chairmanship of the Governing Body of International Labour Organization(ILO). International Labour Organization(ILO): Established in: 1919 Aim: To promote social and economic justice through setting up of international labour standards. Members: 187 member states Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland Significance: It is the first affiliated specialized agency of the United… Continue reading International Labour Organization (ILO)

G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group

News: Union Minister has addressed the 1st ever Ministerial Meeting of G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group. Facts: G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group: It was set up in June 2010 at the Toronto Summit of G-20. Objective: To prepare comprehensive recommendations for consideration by leaders on how the G20 could continue to make practical and valuable contributions to… Continue reading G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group

India’s UN journey and its role

What are the different phases of India’s journey in UN? Phase 1- Before the end of the Cold War in 1989- The Indian leadership learned that the UN could not be relied upon to impartially resolve vital security disputes. The UN only to focus on common causes such as anti-colonialism, anti-racism, nuclear disarmament, environment conservation… Continue reading India’s UN journey and its role

Financial Action Task Force (FATF)

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 during the G7 Summit in Paris. Its Secretariat is located at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) headquarters in Paris. The objectives of the FATF are to (a) set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures… Continue reading Financial Action Task Force (FATF)