India has been elected as a non-permanent member for a two-year term that will begin in January 2021.
India has been a “very responsible” player in international fora, and as it sits on the UN Security Council, it can galvanise action in various areas and also bring focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, a top UN official has said.
India overwhelmingly won its election to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member last month for a two-year term that will begin in January 2021. It garnered 184 votes out of the 192 ballots cast in the UN General Assembly.
Previously, India had been elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful Security Council for the years 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992, and most recently in 2011-2012.
“India is a very important country in the world in terms of technology, in terms of people, in terms of ideas and it also has been a very strong and active member of many other global organisations and can bring sensibilities of those organisations to bear in negotiations (at the UN and as a Security Council member),” UN General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande told PTI.
Responding to a question on expectations from India as it prepares to sit in the Security Council next year, he said India has given a great deal of support to other countries not only in its own region, but also elsewhere.
They expect that it will bring some focus to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) issues as it will bring some focus to debates around respect for other countries.
The UN official also said there was a resolution of the General Assembly agreed to by all Member States to give support to the idea of the availability of vaccines.