Washington, DC – India has assumed the Presidency of the UN Security Council today for the month of December. This is the second time in its two-year tenure as an elected member of the UN Security Council [2021-2022] that India has assumed the Presidency of the Council, as it earlier did in August 2021.
Two high-level events are scheduled during India’s December Presidency of the Security Council, which will be chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar.
The High-level Open Debate on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: New Orientation for Reformed Multilateralism” on December 14 will encourage UN Member States to further the discussion on reforms in the current multilateral architecture with the UN at its center to make it more representative and relevant.
On December 15, a High-level briefing on “Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts: Global Approach to Counter Terrorism – Challenges and Way Forward” will seek to forge a consensus on the broad principles of a global counter-terror architecture. This event will further the Delhi Declaration adopted during the Special Meeting of the Counter-Terrorism Committee held in October in India.
In addition to these two events during India’s Presidency, the Council is expected to hold discussions on some critical issues in the Council. This includes – Syria and Yemen [Middle East], the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL [UNITAD], the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission In Sudan [UNITAMS], United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in The Democratic Republic of the Congo [MONUSCO], United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [UNOCA], International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals [IRMCT], Middle East, United Nations Mission in South Sudan [UNMISS], United Nations Support Mission in Libya [UNSMIL], Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC] and United Nations Disengagement Observer Force [UNDOF]. A briefing and consultation on Afghanistan [United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)] is also scheduled for December 20.