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Jun 18, 2020

India elected as non-permanent member of UNSC; PM, HM thank global community and member countries for overwhelming support

India was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term after winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections held last night.

India was a candidate for a non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term. Its victory was certain as it was the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the grouping. New Delhi's candidature was unanimously endorsed by the 55-member Asia-Pacific grouping in June last year.

India's two year term will begin on January 1, 2021. This is the eighth time that India will sit at the UN high-table, which comprises five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN, T S Tirumurti said, India received overwhelming support in its election to the UN Security Council and it will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system. He said, India's election to the Security Council is a testament to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision and his inspiring global leadership, particularly in the time of COVID-19.

Mr Tirumurti said, India will become a member of the Security Council at a critical juncture and we are confident that in the COVID, and the post COVID world, India will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system.

Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar had said that India's approach at the UN Security Council will be guided by the tenets of Samman, Samvad, Sahyog, Shanti and Samriddhi. He had said that India’s overall objective during the fresh tenure in the UN Security Council will be the achievement of N.O.R.M.S. which stands for New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the global community and member countries of the United Nations for their overwhelming support for India's membership in the UN Security Council. In a tweet , he affirmed that India will work with all member countries to promote global peace, security, resilience and equity.    

Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed his gratitude to the member nations for unanimously supporting India’s membership to United Nation Security Council. In a tweet today, Mr. Shah said, under the strong and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India will uphold its mantra of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and will work towards peace and prosperity of the world.

United States Ambassador to India, Ken Juster has congratulated India’s successful election to the United Nation Security Council. In a tweet today, Mr. Juster said, the United States looks forward to working with India for a more stable, secure, and prosperous world.

Speaking to AIR News, Vijay Nambiar , Former Ambassador of India to the United Nations termed the overwhelming result at the UNSC election as an indication of the high credibility and respect which the country enjoys in the International Community.

Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India becoming a non-permanent member for next two years of the United Nations Security Council. In a tweet today, he said, it is a very important achievement and now India stands more strengthened at the United Nation. 

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