Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Monday. This will be the first UNSC debate that will be chaired by an Indian prime minister. The Monday meeting will be chaired virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
There are three signature events India will hold as UNSC chair for this month. The first major event will be a debate on maritime security. Secondly, debates on UN Peacekeeping will take place. India has been contributing to the UN Peacekeeping time and again. Thirdly, talks on countering terrorism will take place. The subject of terrorism has been one of the major concerning issues in the world nowadays.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will throw light on enhancing maritime security. Union external affairs minister S Jaishankar will chair the other two events. India had assumed the rotating Presidency for the month of August of the United Nations Security Council after taking over from France.
TS Tirumurti, the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations (UN) said that during India’s presidency, three high-level signature meetings will be organized on three important subjects; they are maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism.
Monday’s debate is titled ‘Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation. It will begin at 5:30 pm via video conferencing, chaired by PM Modi.
According to sources, Russian President Vladimir Putin will also participate in the UN Security Council (UNSC) meeting on maritime security. The debate will focus on ways and means to strengthen coordination in maritime domains and measures to effectively counter maritime crime and security.
In connection with maritime security PM Modi had put shared his vision in the year 2015. Focusing on sustainable use of oceans Modi formulated SAGAR policy for the safe, secure, and stable maritime domain in the region. SAGAR is an acronym for ‘Security and Growth for all in the Region’.