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75th UN General Assembly 2020: World Leaders & War Of Words



75th United Nations General Assembly 2020: World Leaders & War Of Words

In a historic 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), world leaders emerged to address their perspective on the current global state. The annual meeting of UNGA in New York was shifted online due to pandemic.

Following are the significant points of discusses made by the nations:

India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed Indian pride in being one of the founding nations of the UN and took a staunch stance for India as a permanent Security Council member. He asked, “how long will India be kept out of the decision-making structures of the United Nations?”

He indicated the lack of effective response from the institution concerning the outbreak of coronavirus. PM Modi also pointed out the need for structural change in the United Nations. The support and belief of 130 crore Indians in the United Nations are unparallel. India is one of the fastest-growing economies and has influences on various global aspect needs to have the power of decision making at multiple platforms.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros, thanked PM Modi for his commitment to solidarity to fight against the global pandemic.

America: The US President Donald Trump bluntly accused and held China accountable for the current widespread of COVID-19. He called out that the WHO, an organ of the UN, is virtually controlled by China. He also pointed out his administrative success in establishing peace in the middle east of the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Bahrain. He justified his “America first” policy and said, “only when you take care of your own citizens will you find a true basis for co-operation.”

China: The tension between US-China is already high, and Donald Trump’s remark didn’t make it any better. Chinese President Xi Jinping said “China is the largest developing country in the world, a country that is committed to peaceful, open, co-operative and common development. We will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence. We have no intention to fight either a Cold War or a hot war with any country.”

There is an irony in both leader’s speeches wherein Trump’s continuous blame-game won’t resolve the American pandemic situation, and similarly, the Chinese commitment to peace becomes an expansion of military base on the ground in the Himalayan mountain, South China Sea, Taiwan Strait and Hong Kong.

Pakistan: PM Imran Khan took a significant time in his speech by pointing fingers at India. He said, “there would be no peace in South Asia unless the issue of Jammu and Kashmir resolves.” He also pointed out India, being a state of Islamophobia filled with RSS ideologies in the name of nationalism.

As a response, we see, Permanent Representative of India in the United Nations, TS Tirumurti walking out of the UN General Assembly Hall when Imran Khan began his speech which Tirumurti later called it as a “new diplomatic low of Pakistan.”

Later, India exercising its right to reply, Indian delegate, Vidisha Maitra gave a befitting reply “Unfortunately, what we heard today from PM Imran Khan of Pakistan was a callous portrayal of the world in binary terms. His threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship.”

The delegate also pointed out the systematic minority ethnic cleansing in Pakistan, profound terrorism, and terrorism-invested leaders. She also highlighted Pakistan’s history of gruesome genocide perpetrated against its own people in 1971 and the role played by Lt. Gen A A K Niazi.

Turkey: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took his time to call out the European Crisis of Athen-Ankara of the marine standoff in the East Mediterranean Sea over drilling rights. He suggested dialogue and co-operation based on international law and rejected any harassment of the west or European Union’s nations. The president has brought “Kashmir” on the platform by calling it “a burning issue in South Asia”.

India, in a response, called this statement unacceptable as the operation of Kashmir lies within the sovereign territory of India.

Greece: With Athens- Ankara Issue, Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said: “Let’s give diplomacy a chance.” Although he accused Turkey and it’s expansionist regime, given recent events, he also said “I remain an optimist and I refuse to believe that partnership between near neighbors is not possible.”

Russia: President Vladimir Putin emphasized to establish “green corridors” free from trade wars and sanctions as it would not only create more employment but also boost international growth. While talking about the UN Security Council role, he opined the council to be more inclusive of the interests of all countries along with the diversity of their positions. However, this opinion should work without preserving the veto right of permanent members of the Security Council.

This itself is ironic wherein Russia wants to promote the growth of diversities without essentially giving them the power.

France: President Emmanuel Macron took a dig at Russia for using chemical weapons or poisons to kill oppositions in their territory. Russian Government allegedly tried to poison Alexei Navalny, Emmanuel said “For the sake of our collective security, I repeat once more to Russia the need for full light to be shed on the murder attempt on a political opposition figure using a nerve agent, Novichok.” He also shed light on the bipolar world of US-China “ We will need to rely on the strength of goodwill. Because the world as it is today cannot come down to simple rivalry between China and the United States.”

The United Nations as a platform was established with an intension to reduce conflict and promote peace. The ongoing global crisis and wars have challenged its role. UN chief, António Guterres highlighted the importance of international co-operation said: “In an interconnected world, it is high time to recognize a simple truth: solidarity is self-interest.” The contribution of the UN is immense over 75 years, and the need of the institution is more now than ever concerning the toll of infectious COVID-19


Escalation Of COVID-19 Cases Across The Globe



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The United States, India, and Brazil have the most confirmed cases, followed by France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. There are very few locations that have remained undisturbed.

Since the middle of last year, confirmed cases have been increasing. Although the actual scope of the first outbreaks in 2020 is unknown because testing was not generally available at the time. The 100 million COVID-19 cases were discovered at the end of January, over a year after it was first diagnosed. As of 6:30 p.m. CEST on July 30, 2021, WHO has received reports of 196,553,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 4,200,412 fatalities. A total of 3,839,816,037 vaccination doses has been delivered as of July 28, 2021.

After reaching a record high of over 0.9 million cases on April 28, 2021, new daily instances of the coronavirus continued to decline, reaching a low point on June 21, when over 0.3 million cases were reported. Since then yet, there has been a global increase in cases. On July 15, 0.53 million daily cases were reported, and over three million new cases were reported in the second week of the month. As of July 15, 188.9 million patients have been recorded worldwide. The transmissive Delta form accounting for most infections in 111 countries. Most instances were recorded in Brazil, India, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, and Colombia in the last week. With the steepest increases in Zimbabwe (72%), Indonesia (44%), the United States (38%), Bangladesh (35%), and the United Kingdom (30%). Many Asian nations, including Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan, have reported many daily cases. However, the spread was under control.

The number of new cases in Indonesia has been on the rise, with each day seeing a significant increase over the previous day. Indonesia is now the new Asian epicentre, with 56,757 cases recorded on July 15; India reported 39,000 patients on the same day. COVID-19 fatalities are high, according to WHO. After decreasing for nine weeks, with the highest increases in Africa and Southeast Asia. COVID-19 fatalities worldwide surpassed four million on July 7. The last million deaths occurred in under 90 days, the lowest time interval for every one million deaths ever recorded.

High vaccination coverage has been shown in the United States and much of Europe to lower fatalities and even hospitalizations. For example, United Kingdom rises in incidence. There has been fewer hospitalizations and deaths over 87% of the adult population, as they are vaccinated with one dose and over 67% with two doses. In the United States, the increase in cases is concentrated in states with low vaccination coverage, with unvaccinated people accounting for most deaths. Over 55% of Americans have received one dosage, and 48% are completely immunized. It shifts the focus back to improving vaccination coverage and achieving global vaccine equality to avoid fatalities and the spread of dangerous strains. Some nations debate a booster dosage. Even though many African countries’ healthcare professionals have not been completely vaccinated, booster injections have begun to be given to patients with weakened immune systems in Israel.

In comparison, booster shots have been ruled out in the United States for the time being. With vaccine shortages reported in many Indian states. Even among the vaccinated, rigorous adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour is the only option to postpone and mitigate the consequences of a third wave.

This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. But the global numbers continue to grow. The Delta variety leads them to well-vaccinated regions such as Western Europe and the United States, low but rising infections. This spring, India and Latin America have seen a significant drop in new cases in the hardest-hit areas of the world. Vaccine doses have been given to over 4 billion individuals globally (52 for every 100 people), yet the discrepancy is striking. More than 80% of the population had at least one shot in some wealthy nations. In contrast, the proportion is as low as 1% in many of the poorest.

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Why Taliban Could Not Control Panjshir Valley In Afghanistan Yet?



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Taliban took over Afghanistan last week, and Panjshir valley in the north is the last hope for the people of Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban.

As it was 25 years ago, there is still a part of Afghanistan that tries to oppose the Taliban; it is the Panjshir valley. The villages that rebelled against the Soviets and Taliban’s, it is now that they’re fighting against the spread of the Islamic Emirate.

Valley Of the Five Lions, also known as Panjshir Valley, is in Northern Afghanistan, 150 kilometers north of Kabul, near the Hindu Kush Mountain Range. Due to its location in the Hindu Kush Mountain range, the Panjshir Valley is only accessible through the narrow Panjshir River; this makes it easy for forces defending. Panjshir is also famously known for emeralds. It has been the base of operations for the Taliban since the 1990s. Since it was never under their control, the area has become a key target for the US-led forces.

Around 150,000 people live in the valley, and the majority are Pashtuns. The valley’s ethnic majority is Tajik. The area’s history has made it the base of operations for the Taliban. Panjshir has never been captured by the Taliban during their earlier rule, nor by the soviets. The resistance, therefore, chose to base its operations in the area due to its history.

After the Soviets left Afghanistan in 1989, a civil war broke out in the country. Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was the most notable anti-Taliban fighter, led a group of militants to fight against the separatists. He was eventually killed by al-Qaeda terrorists in 2001, just two days before the 9/11 attacks.

Following the father’s footsteps, Ahmad Massoud, the son of legendary Ahmad Shah Massoud, declared the start of armed resistance against the Taliban forming in the Panjshir. The Northern Alliance flag has been raised in Panjshir province, confirming the legitimacy of this movement, officially back since 2001. The National Resistance Front (NRF), based out of the Panjshir Valley, led by Ahmad Massoud and the former Vice-President Amrullah Saleh, leading an anti-Taliban Movement.

The Panjshir Valley stands tall against the Taliban under the leadership of Ahmad Masood. Resistance movements have begun with the formation of the Northern Alliance. Bernard Henri Levy, the French philosopher, spoke to Ahmad Massoud on a phone call and quoted saying, “I am the son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, and surrender is not part of my vocabulary.” The Resistance has just begun; this is just the beginning.

The Washington Post published an op-ed on Wednesday in which Massoud reiterated his plea for help, asking the United States to supply his military with arms and ammunition. “The United States can still be a great arsenal of democracy” by supporting his fighters, he wrote.

Since President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan, Saleh has declared himself as the interim president. The Taliban has been massing its forces near Panjshir. The Salang highway has been closed. He further tweeted that the militants are avoiding any confrontations with the enemy forces.

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India Takes Rein Of UNSC For August



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As per procedure, India received the Presidency of the UN Security Council for August this year. The three major points that the Indian Presidency aims to focus on are maritime security, peacekeeping, and counter-terrorism policies.

What is the UN Security Council?

The security council is a body of the United Nations responsible for international security and peacekeeping. The body settles disputes and identifies unwanted threats and aggressions against member States.

There are 15 Members as a part of the council. They are obligated to abide by the decisions made by the Security Council. Out of these, there are five permanent and ten non-permanent members, India being a part of the newly elected non-permanent contingent.

India is currently serving as President of the UNSC for August and is expected to do so again in 2022. They succeed France who previously presided in July this year. The order of Presidency succession is decided alphabetically. Each member gets a fair chance to preside over the peacekeeping body.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the first Indian PM to chair a meeting of the UNSC.

India in UNSC

India has joined the UNSC for the eighth time as a non-permanent member, serving a term of two years. The last time India was on the council as a member was in the year 2011-12, during the Middle East Crisis.

In the August meetings this year, the primary concern is said to be that of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the economy and mortality. India also aims to bid for a permanent seat on the UNSC and hence a high level of involvement is expected.

India plays an important role in the UNSC as it along with other members of the G-4 (Brazil, Japan, and Germany) are insisting on an expansion in permanent membership for countries. They want the permanent seats to be offered to countries other than the current five that hold the veto power, giving India a chance to display its potential at a global level.

India has previously chaired the counter-terrorism committee at the UNSC and introduced the concept of ‘zero tolerance’ for terrorism globally. They also successfully establish the Financial Action Taskforce (FATF).

This time around, India aims at improving maritime security and peacekeeping while returning to the counter-terrorism policies establish worldwide.

India’s efforts as President in August 2021

India is expected to organise three high-level meetings for the three topics that they have decided to focus on (maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism). A traditional breakfast of PRs was held by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, T S Tirumurti. Along with the normal breakfast, Tirumurti put a display of Indian grains with items exquisitely prepared with those ingredients. A treat of Alphonso mangoes was also included in the breakfast. Tirumurti also presided over all meetings of the UNSC on day one.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting of the UN Council virtually, while external affairs minister, Jaishankar will chair the meetings in person.

S Jaishankar expressed opinions on the opportunity to preside over the UNSC for August via his Tweet, saying that India looks forward to taking over the Presidency of the Global Organisation for the month.

Indian PR Tirumurti also thanked their predecessor France and announced the takeover via his Tweets while expressing his elation on the occasion.

India began their eighth term on January 1 this year. This non-permanent arrangement will span for two years, giving the possibility of another Presidency in late 2022. India has been grateful for its turn in chairing the UNSC and hopes to make decisions and resolutions that will be beneficial to the Indian Foreign Policy and countries around the Globe.

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