Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the UNSC debate. It was the first time an Indian PM chaired a UNSC meeting. PM Modi has chaired a high-level open debate on the topic “Enhancing Maritime Security-A Case for International Cooperation” via video conferencing. PM Modi addressed the UNSC in Hindi.
“Oceans are our common heritage and they are also the lifeline of international trade,” PM Modi said. Modi added that the sea faces challenges on a variety of fronts. “Sea routes are being misused for terrorism and piracy. There are maritime disputes between many nations and climate change, too, is linked to the maritime domain. These oceans are very important for the future of our planet ” he said.
PM Modi laid down a Five-point Agenda for Global Maritime Security.
- Elimination of barriers to legitimate maritime trade.
- Peacefully resolving maritime disputes under international law.
- Collectively combat natural disasters, maritime threats from, non-state actors.
- The conservation of marine resources and maritime environment.
- Promoting responsible maritime connectivity should be encouraged.
“We should remove barriers to maritime trade. Our prosperity depends on the active flow of maritime trade & barriers in this path can pose a challenge to the entire global economy. Free maritime trade is associated with the culture of India for time immemorial,” PM Modi said.
“I am confident that we can develop a global roadmap for maritime security cooperation based on these five principles,” PM Narendra Modi said.
The PM’s office issued a statement saying Narendra Modi became the first Indian prime minister to chair an open debate at the UN Security Council. Several influential leaders attended the key discussion on maritime security, including the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the President of Russia, and the Prime Minister of Vietnam, and US Secretary of state Anthony Blinken.
For August, India will preside over the UN Security Council. India is a non-permanent member of the UNSC under the 2021-22 term. This is the first UNSC presidency for India during its tenure. On January 1, 2021, India became a non -permanent member of the UNSC for two years. In its tenure as president of the powerful UN entity composed of 15 nations, India has stated it will focus on maritime security, peacekeeping, and counterterrorism. India is in its eighth term as a member of the UNSC.