India looks forward to the collective pursuit for an ideal where the ‘World is One Family’, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN said

India will be a voice for the developing world and will not shy away from raising its voice against the common enemies of humanity like terrorism and will use its tenure on the United Nations Security Council to bring human-centric and inclusive solutions to matters of international peace and security, India's Ambassador to the UN TS Tirumurti said on Monday.

Speaking at a special flag installation ceremony organized at the Security Council stakeout, Tirumurti said, “India comes into the Security Council as the largest democracy representing 1/6th of humanity and with a strong commitment to reformed multilateralism, rule of law, a fair and equitable international system and to peace, security and development.”

This is the 8th time India assumes membership at the UNSC. Along with India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway also began a two-year term at the body.

On January 1, India began its tenure as a non-permanent member of the powerful 15-nation UN organ for the 2021-22 term.

About terrorism, the Indian envoy said, "We will not shy away from raising our voice against the common enemies of humanity like terrorism," adding that India looks forward to "our collective pursuit for an ideal where the World is One Family-Vasudhaiva Kutumbakama."

He said peace-keeping, peace-building, maritime security, women and youth, especially in conflict situations, and technology with a human face will receive India’s attention while on the 15-nation Council.

Noting that even as the world comes together in solidarity to face the COVID-19 pandemic, Tirumurti quoted the Indian philosopher Swami Vivekananda to say "Each nation must give, in order to live. When you give life, you will have life; when you receive, you must pay for it by giving to all others."

Tirumurti also expressed gratitude to all the Member States of the United Nations who have given us an overwhelming mandate to represent them in the Security Council.

The ceremony was organized in a restricted format keeping in mind the strict COVID-19 protocols. Ambassadors of the other four countries also installed their national flags at the stakeout.

Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN Magzhan Ilyassov welcomed the newly elected non-permanent members of the Security Council and expressed confidence that they will make a sterling contribution to the Council’s work in the two crucial years of modern history.

The United States also welcomed India to the United Nations Security Council and said it looks forward to working over the shared interests towards a peaceful, secure India-Pacific.

In a tweet, the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA), wrote, “A new year brings new opportunities to strengthen relationships with old friends and partners.”

The tweet added, “We welcome India to the UN Security Council and look forward to working with @IndiaUNNewYork (Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York) to advance our shared interests in a more peaceful, secure Indo-Pacific and world.”