On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will moderate a high-level open debate via video conference on “Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation.”
Several heads of state and government from United Nations Security Council (UNSC) member states, as well as high-level briefers from the UN system and major regional organisations, are anticipated to attend the meeting, according to the PM’s office.
“Modi would be the first Indian Prime Minister to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate,” the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The open discussion will focus on how to successfully combat maritime crime and instability while also improving marine collaboration.
According to the PMO, the UN Security Council has examined and enacted resolutions on several elements of maritime security and maritime crime.
However, this will be the first time in such a high-level open debate that maritime security will be examined holistically as an exclusive agenda item.” Given that no single country can address all facets of maritime security, it is critical that the United Nations Security Council tackle this issue holistically.
The MEA stated that “a comprehensive approach to maritime security should safeguard and assist legal maritime activity while addressing classic and non-traditional maritime threats.”
It was noted that the oceans have played an important role in India’s history since the Indus Valley civilisation, and that Modi had put forward the vision of SAGAR – an acronym for “Security and Growth for All in the Region” – in 2015, based on the country’s civilisational ethos that sees the seas as an enabler of shared peace and prosperity.
This vision focuses on cooperative measures for sustainable ocean use and establishes a framework for the region’s maritime domain to be safe, secure, and stable.
On January 1st, India began its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. It is India’s sixth term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. In the years 1950-51, 1967-68, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1984-85, and 1991-92, India was a member of the United Nations Security Council.
Following its election to the global organisation, India stated that it would advocate for responsible and inclusive solutions to international peace and security, as well as a new multilateral system orientation.