India assumes UNSC Presidency

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  • August 2, 2021
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India assumes UNSC Presidency

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – International Relations 

In news India has assumed the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) 

  • Taking over the Presidency from France, this is India’s first Presidency during its 2021-22 tenure as a non-permanent member of Security COuncil. 
  • India’s two-year tenure as a non-permanent member began in January 2021.
  • It will again take over as the President of the Council in December 2022.

What will be India’s agenda during its Presidency?

  • During its Presidency, India will be organizing high-level signature events in three major areas:
    • Maritime security
    • Peacekeeping and
    • Counterterrorism

About United Nations Security Council

  • The UNSC is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations 
  • It is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security.
  • Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions.
  • It is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.
  • The Security Council consists of fifteen members. 
  • Permanent members (P5): Russia, UK, France, China, and USA 
  • These permanent members can veto any substantive Security Council resolution, including those on the admission of new member states or candidates for Secretary-General.
  • The Security Council also has 10 non-permanent members, elected on a regional basis to serve two-year terms. 
  • The body’s presidency rotates monthly among its 15 members.

News Source: TH

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