Ahead of 70th UN Session, India pans out its agenda

RSTV Bureau
Photo courtesy: UN

Photo courtesy: UN

A week before UN holds a historic session to mark its 70th anniversary, India has panned out its prime agenda – zero tolerance against terror. India’s Permanent Mission in UN released a letter written by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UN chief Ban Ki-moon citing the threats posed by “non-state military actors”. The letter dated July 4 was made available by India’s Permanent Mission to the UN during a press briefing at UN headquarters on Thursday (local time).

“The United Nations must be made more effective for dealing with the new security challenges. The United Nations was born out of the ashes of the Second World War when conflict was an inter-state phenomenon,” wrote the Prime Minister.

“However, we are now living in an era when non-state military actors are a major factor,” PM Modi added in his latter in what appears to be a veiled reference to threats posed to India from Pakistan.

Prime Minister Modi also urged the UN chief to call for an adoption of a comprehensive convention against international terrorism this year.

PM Modi will arrive at the world body’s headquarters next week to address the high-level Sustainable Development Summit on September 25. The milestone session, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, will see over 150 heads of state and government.

unStressing that terrorism and violent, intolerant extremism did not exist earlier as a primary threat to nations and societies at large, Mr. Modi added, “Indeed, with expanded geographical spread, vast resources and new instruments to spread its ideology and draw recruits, the menace of terrorism and extremism has acquired a new dimension that requires a comprehensive global strategy”

“We must use this historic year to jointly send an unambiguous message of zero tolerance against terrorism,” the Prime Minister said in the letter.

Lauding the world body for its efforts thus far, PM Modi said for 70 years the world has remained a “better place” because of the UN but the world has changed dramatically since 1945.

“Threats to peace and security have become more complex, unpredictable and undefined. In many ways, our lives are becoming globalised, but fault-lines around our identities are growing,” the PM emphasised further in his letter to Ban Ki-moon.

In a landmark move last week, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the decision of its outgoing president, Sam Kahamba Kutesa, paving way for the expansion of the UNSC and also setting the stage for talks to start on the basis of the text for the first time in seven years of the inter-governmental process.

The UNGA move has bolstered India’s chances of getting a permanent seat in the UNSC.

(With inputs from the PTI)