Editorial: Friends and foes

India, at a special flag installation ceremony organised at the United Nations Security Council stakeout, has made it clear that the country will be a voice for the developing world and against the common enemies of humanity like terrorism.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, T S Tirumurti, asserted 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 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 added India will “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.”

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 1 January, 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. 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. India has taken the right stand in global arena.

 

NT Bureau