India’s presidency of the UNSC fortified our role in world affairs

Synopsis: With the month-long UNSC presidency, India showcased our role in world affairs. Introduction India has just concluded its presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for August. India managed to achieve almost all of what we set out for, and also successfully handled the expected and unexpected challenges that came our way. Initiatives… Continue reading India’s presidency of the UNSC fortified our role in world affairs

India in chair, UNSC adopts resolution on Taliban; Russia and China abstain

Source: This post is based on the following articles: “Under India’s presidency, UNSC adopts strong resolution on Afghanistan” published in TOI on 31st August 2021 “India in chair, UNSC adopts resolution on Taliban; Russia and China abstain” published in Indian Express on 1st September 2021 “UNSC resolution addresses “key resolution on Afghanistan”: India” published in… Continue reading India in chair, UNSC adopts resolution on Taliban; Russia and China abstain

An Indian sail to navigate the maritime environment

Source: The Hindu Relevance: On maritime security Synopsis: India’s leadership in the debate on maritime security has boosted its standing as a key player in the shared commons. Background A high level open debate was conducted by the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 9th August 2021. Its theme was “Enhancing Maritime Security: A Case For… Continue reading An Indian sail to navigate the maritime environment

Choppy Waters

Source: Hindu Relevance: Understanding UNCLOS and India’s vision of maritime security. Synopsis: India recently hosted the UNSC summit on maritime security. With such importance being given to the topic, understanding UNCLOS also becomes important. Problems with UNCLOS: There is friction among many countries because of abuse of maritime rights & disrespect of territorial rights of… Continue reading Choppy Waters

PM Modi outlines five-point framework for maritime security debate at UNSC

Source : The Hindu, Indian express, Mint, Times of India What is the news? Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a debate on maritime security at UNSC. 5 Principle Framework from India– Indian PM laid down the framework: Removal of barriers to maritime trade: First framework called for removal of barriers to maritime trade, in this… Continue reading PM Modi outlines five-point framework for maritime security debate at UNSC

An opportunity for India to pitch for holistic maritime security

Source: Indian Express Relevance: India’s role in steering the debate on maritime peace and security at UNSC. Synopsis: India undertakes the rotating Presidency of the UN Security Council. India has an opportunity to ensure that the global debate on maritime peace and security is approached more holistically, rather than focussing just on the security aspect… Continue reading An opportunity for India to pitch for holistic maritime security

Biden govt. non-committal on support for India’s UNSC bid

Source: The Hindu What is The News? While the U.S. has in the past backed India’s bid for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the Biden administration has remained non-committal on the issue. US opinion on the issue U.S. has offered a qualified support for building a consensus for enlargement of… Continue reading Biden govt. non-committal on support for India’s UNSC bid

India can act as a peace Agent in the Security Council

Source: TOI Relevance: Understanding how India can act as an agent of peace amidst conflict. Synopsis: India’s role as an agent of peace as it undertakes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council. A look at its ongoing efforts and how it plans to take forward its agenda of global peace. Background On January… Continue reading India can act as a peace Agent in the Security Council

India Elected Unopposed To Non-Permanent Seat Of UN Security Council

News: India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council(UNSC) for a two-year term. Facts: The United Nations Charter established six main organs of the United Nations including the United Nations Security Council(UNSC). Other organs are UNGA, ECOSOC, Trusteeship Council, ICJ and UN secretariat. UNSC is composed of 15 Members: Five… Continue reading India Elected Unopposed To Non-Permanent Seat Of UN Security Council

China assumes presidency of UN Security Council for March 2020

News:China has taken over as president of the UN Security Council for the month of March 2020. Facts: UN Security Council (UNSC): The UN Security Council was established by the UN Charter in 1945.It is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations. The other 5 organs of the United Nations are—the General… Continue reading China assumes presidency of UN Security Council for March 2020

UN Security Council reaffirms its opposition to chemical weapons

News: The United Nations Security Council has unanimously passed a declaration proposed by Britain expressing support for the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons. Facts: About Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons It aims to eliminate an entire category… Continue reading UN Security Council reaffirms its opposition to chemical weapons

G-4 for UNSC reform, enhanced role of developing countries

News:The foreign ministers of G-4 grouping held a meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA). Facts: About G-4: The G4 nations comprises of Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan. These four countries support each other’s bids for permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council. Unlike the G7, where… Continue reading G-4 for UNSC reform, enhanced role of developing countries

End of special status to Jammu and Kashmir an internal matter

United Nations Security Council has met for a closed-door informal consultation on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the request of China. India and Pakistan did not attend the UNSC meeting which was open only to the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members. However,except China,no other UNSC member commented on the meeting after… Continue reading End of special status to Jammu and Kashmir an internal matter

Kashmir returning to UNSC raises several legal questions

The UN Security Council will be meeting at the request of China and Pakistan to discuss India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The last time UNSC discussed Kashmir was in 1971 during the Bangladesh war which led to the Simla agreement. UNSC Resolution 307 had taken up the Kashmir issue… Continue reading Kashmir returning to UNSC raises several legal questions

UNSC non-permanent seat: India’s candidature receives unanimous endorsement by Asia-Pacific group

The 55 countries of the Asia-Pacific group at the United Nations has unanimously endorsed India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for a two-year term in 2021-2022. The development is particularly significant given that Pakistan and China both countries with which India has had diplomatic challenges at the UN has supported the… Continue reading UNSC non-permanent seat: India’s candidature receives unanimous endorsement by Asia-Pacific group

Sushma Swaraj speaks of Pulwama, Sri Lanka attacks at SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Kyrgyzstan

India’s external affairs minister has attended the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)  in Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan. While addressing the meeting,External Affairs Minister has urged the member nations of SCO for greater counter-terror cooperation in the backdrop of terror strikes at Pulwama and Sri Lanka. She also said that India… Continue reading Sushma Swaraj speaks of Pulwama, Sri Lanka attacks at SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Kyrgyzstan

UN designates JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist

United Nations has designated Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist after China lifted its technical hold on his listing under the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee. The proposal to designate Masood Azhar was moved by France,UK and the US.It was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to… Continue reading UN designates JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist

Progress’ in U.N. listing of Masood Azhar, says China

China has said that some progress has been achieved on designating Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. Earlier,China had blocked India’s bid to designate Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist under the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee.It had placed a technical hold on the resolution. The proposal to designate Masood… Continue reading Progress’ in U.N. listing of Masood Azhar, says China

China unmoved by U.S. bid to discuss Masood Azhar in UNSC

China has dismissed the reports that the US,UK and France has served an ultimatum until April 23 to lift its technical hold on designating Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. However,China has said that the issue is heading towards a settlement and has asked the US not to force through its own… Continue reading China unmoved by U.S. bid to discuss Masood Azhar in UNSC

China places hold on listing Azhar as designated terrorist

China has blocked India’s bid to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist under the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee.It placed a technical hold on the resolution.This is the fourth time that China has blocked the resolution since 2009. The proposal to designate Masood Azhar was moved by France,UK and the US.It was moved after… Continue reading China places hold on listing Azhar as designated terrorist

U.S. moves to get China’s support for listing Masood Azhar as a terrorist

The United States is pursuing China to support the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) Chief Masood Azhar by the UNSC 1267 Committee. The US, the UK and France have moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist under UNSC 1267 Committee. It… Continue reading U.S. moves to get China’s support for listing Masood Azhar as a terrorist

India fortifying case against Jaish-e-Mohammad

India along with France has been preparing a strong proposal to put Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the ban list of the United Nations Security Council(UNSC)1267 committee. The security agencies are putting together new details such as (a)JeM’s parent outfit,Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA),included by the U.S. in its list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations in 1999 had… Continue reading India fortifying case against Jaish-e-Mohammad

UNSC blacklists Osama bin Laden’s son, seen as successor of Al Qaida leader al-Zawahiri

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 1267 committee blacklisted Hamza bin Laden, the son of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, describing him as the “most probable successor” of Al-Qaeda. The UNSC 1267 Committee was established following resolution 1267 (1999).It is also known as the Al Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee.It was established for the purpose… Continue reading UNSC blacklists Osama bin Laden’s son, seen as successor of Al Qaida leader al-Zawahiri

UN Security Council condemns Pulwama attack

The UN Security Council (UNSC) condemned the terror attack perpetrated by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), in a show of solidarity and support to India. France is also expected to move a proposal, along with the United States and the United Kingdom, to declare Masood Azhar a terrorist subject to UNSC sanctions under Resolution 1267,… Continue reading UN Security Council condemns Pulwama attack