PM Modi to chair UNSC high-level open debate on Enhancing Maritime Security
With India presiding over the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the month of August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will chair a high-level open debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security – A Case for International Cooperation.” The meet will be held virtually. It is the first time an Indian prime minister is chairing a UNSC session. “Modi would be the first Indian prime minister to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. The high profile will be attended by heads of several states and member states of the UNSC, officials said here on Sunday.
The debate will focus on ways to effectively counter maritime crime and insecurity, and strengthen coordination in the maritime domain. The UNSC has discussed and passed resolutions on different aspects of maritime security and maritime crime, the PMO noted. However, this is 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, it added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had put forward the vision of SAGAR – an acronym for “Security and Growth for all in the Region” in 2015.
“Given that no country alone can address the diverse aspects of maritime security, it is important to consider this subject in a holistic manner in the United Nations Security Council. A comprehensive approach to maritime security should protect and support legitimate maritime activities while countering traditional and non-traditional threats in the maritime domain,” said PMO in a statement.
The oceans have played an important part in India’s history right from the time of the Indus Valley civilization, it noted, adding that based on the country’s civilizational ethos that sees the seas as an enabler of shared peace and prosperity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had put forward the vision of SAGAR – an acronym for “Security and Growth for all in the Region” in 2015.
“This vision focuses on cooperative measures for sustainable use of the oceans and provides a framework for a safe, secure, and stable maritime domain in the region. In 2019, at the East Asia Summit, this initiative was further elaborated through the Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI) with a focus on seven pillars of maritime security including Maritime Ecology; Maritime Resources; Capacity Building and Resource Sharing; Disaster Risk Reduction, and Management; Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation; and Trade Connectivity and Maritime Transport,” said PMO.
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