Jaishankar Discusses India’s August UNSC Presidency With UN Chief António Guterres
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Jaishankar Discusses India’s August UNSC Presidency With UN Chief António Guterres

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Jaishankar meets United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

During the meeting, EAM conveyed to António Guterres that India will back him for his re-election for a second term as the UN Secretary-General

India’s external affairs minister S. Jaishankar on Tuesday met United Nations
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, the first-ever physical
meeting between the two after India took the non-permanent seat at the United
Nations Security Council earlier this year.

During the talks at United Nations headquarters, the key focus was India’s
presidency of the council in the month of August during which India will be
leading a number of events on maritime security, technology, and peacekeeping.

A tweet statement by EAM said that he, “highlighted India’s constructive role
in UNSC and conveyed priorities of our presidency in August.”

During the same meet, UN SG lauded Indian UN Peacekeepers’ role in Congo over
the weekend in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption.

Indian Army personnel are part of the MONUSCO or United Nations Organization
Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and played a key role in
safeguarding civilians and UN assets.

India is also working with the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations for
the development of a mobile tech platform – UNITE AWARE will be launched
during India’s August presidency.

It will increase situational awareness and provides terrain-related
information to peacekeepers, with India contributing $1.64 million towards the
project.

During the meeting, EAM conveyed to António Guterres that India will back him
for his re-election for a second term as the UN Secretary-General.

Elections will take place later this year to choose the tenth
Secretary-General of the United Nations whose tenure will begin from January 1
next year.

The meeting expectedly saw a focus on the Covid crisis, with EAM appreciating
the efforts of the Secretary-General to facilitate ‘Vaccines for All” and both
sides discussing the need to ramp up global vaccine production through
expanded supply chains.

EAM’s tweet statement said, “Discussed the Covid challenge, underlining the
importance of finding urgent & effective global vaccine solutions”.

There was a mention of the India South Africa proposal of Covid vaccine patent
waiver, which has seen increased global support ever since US President Biden
administration extended support for it.

Other key issues were climate change and two key regional issues – on
Afghanistan and Myanmar.

On climate change, EAM apprised the Secretary-General on India’s efforts to
meet its Paris commitments pointing out to its projects like the International
Solar Alliance and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure.

On Afghanistan, his statement said, “Shared our concerns about ensuring that
the gains of the last two decades in Afghanistan are adequately protected.”

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