Jaishankar declares India’s candidature for 2028-29 UNSC term

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar during the UNSC briefing on ‘Threats to International Peace & Security Caused by Terrorist Acts’, at United Nations in the USA. Photo: Twitter/@DrSJaishankar via PTI

India looks forward to being back in the U.N. Security Council, External Affairs S. Jaishankar said in United Nations on December 15 as he declared the country’s candidature as non-permanent member for the 2028-29 term.

Mr. Jaishankar arrived in United Nations on Dec. 13 to preside over two signature events on counter-terrorism and reformed multilateralism held under India’s current Presidency of the U.N. Security Council, before the curtains come down this month on the country’s two-year tenure as elected member of the 15-nation top organ of the world body.

“I’m glad to inform you that we have declared our candidature for our next tenure at the Council for 2028-29 and we look forward to being back,” he said as India prepares to wrap up its 2021-22 tenure as elected Council member on December 31.

Addressing reporters at the U.N. Security Council stakeout after chairing the signature event on counterterrorism, Mr. Jaishankar said that December is the last month of India’s current membership of the Security Council, the eighth time that India sat at the powerful horse-shoe table.

“During this eighth innings of ours, we have attempted to bring many themes of contemporary relevance like maritime security, technology in U.N. peacekeeping, reforms of the U.N. and counterterrorism to the centre of the agenda and of the debate in the U.N.,” he said.

“We have also sought to be the voice of the global South on many issues of concern. We have tried to not only articulate their interests and anxieties but also tried to see whether we could serve as a bridging role in the Council,” Mr. Jaishankar said, as he thanked his fellow members of the Security Council.

“It’s been a pleasure working with them,” he said.

The previous eight terms that India has been in the Council are 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and 2011-2012.

On December 1, India assumed the monthly rotating Presidency of the Security Council, the second time after August 2021 that India is presiding over the Council during its two year tenure as elected UNSC member.

India, whose 2021-2022 term on the Council ends December 31, has been at the forefront of efforts calling for urgent reform of the Security Council, which has remained deeply divisive in dealing with current challenges.

India has asserted that the Council, in its current form, does not reflect today’s geo-political realities and its credibility is at risk if nations such developing powers like India do not have a permanent seat at the horse-shoe table.

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