PM Modi to chair UNSC debate on maritime security

PM Modi to chair UN Security Council debate on maritime security

'Modi would be the first Indian prime minister to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate,' the Prime Minister's Office said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to articulate India’s views on the Indo-Pacific region while chairing a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) session, which will be attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin too.

The PM who will chair the session virtually is likely to call for a comprehensive approach to maritime security in order to protect and support legitimate maritime activities while countering traditional and non-traditional threats.

Modi is going to be the first PM of India to chair a session of the UNSC. P V Narasimha had attended a meeting of the UNSC in 1992 during his tenure as the PM, as India had been a non-permanent member of the council then. But he had not presided over a meeting of the council.

India took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for August on August 1, promising to remain “a voice of moderation, an advocate of dialogue and a proponent of international law”. A source said that the Russian President would attend the session.

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The UNSC has discussed and passed resolutions on different aspects of maritime security and maritime crime. However, this will be the first time that maritime security will be discussed in a holistic manner as an exclusive agenda item in such a high-level open debate.

Given that no country can address the diverse aspects of maritime security alone, it is important to consider his subject in a holistic manner in the UNSC, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement issued in New Delhi.

Modi put forward the vision of SAGAR—‘Security and Growth for all in the Region’—in 2015, focusing on cooperative measures for sustainable use of the oceans and providing a framework for a safe, secure, and stable maritime domain in the region.

In 2019, at the East Asia Summit, this initiative was elaborated through the Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI) with a focus on seven pillars of maritime security including Maritime Ecology, Maritime Resources, Capacity Building and Resource Sharing, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation, and Trade Connectivity and Maritime Transport, the MEA noted.