PM Modi becomes first Indian PM to Chair a UNSC Debate

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level open debate on ‘Enhancing Maritime Security A Case for International Cooperation’ on August 9 at 5:30pm IST via video conferencing.
  • “This would be the first time that an Indian Prime Minister would be presiding over a meeting of the UN Security Council,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Thursday.
  • This will also 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.
  • On Sunday, Modi himself tweeted to announce the event. He wrote, “At 5:30 PM tomorrow, 9th August, would be chairing the UNSC High-Level Open Debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security: A Case For International Cooperation”.
  • A statement by the Prime Minister’s Office said, “The meeting is expected to be attended by several heads of state & government of member states of the United Nations Security Council, and high level briefers from the UN System and key regional organizations. The Open Debate will focus on ways to effectively counter maritime crime and insecurity and strengthened coordination in the maritime domain.”
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