At this juncture when the world is mourning the victims of the Paris attack, U.N. Secretary- General’s visit to India, at the Vibrat Gujrat Conference is pivotal in determining the Geo-politics of the sub-continent.
In his exclusive interview to a few Indian Media Houses, he brought to the fore the stance of the U.N. on widespread terrorism, India-Pak relations and climate change agreement. He also extensively discussed how the Indian Law on Homosexuality is infringing into one’s personal sphere of life, and thus a matter of infringement of human rights.
Showing concerns over growing terrorism, extremism and radicalization, he asked for global solidarity on the issue and mobilization of all possible resources and strength to deter. Talking about the technological advancement that the various terrorist outfits have been able to garner to further their reach through social media, he drew an outline of the initiatives already undertaken by the council to help curb the menace. Under the United- Nations resolution on global counter-terrorism, the U.N. has established a counter-terrorism centre on training and assistance. The security council has also committed itself to address the case of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Levent), Da’esh and Boko Haram, to ensure sustainable development or protect human rights and human dignity, he said.
Drawing remarks on UN designated global terrorist like the Lashkar-e-Taiba founder and Jamat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed’s public rally in Lahore last month he said,” it is very important that the Pakistan government take necessary and corrective measures in accordance with the UNSC’s designated terrorist counter-terrorism policies.” Also remembering the Mumbai attacks at this instance he advised the Indian and Pakistani authorities to discuss the matter and work in coherence to bring the perpetrators to trial. He commented that lapses in the justice system allow room for terrorists and radical groups to strengthen their foothold.
Acknowledging India’s aspiration of member status in Security Council, he clarified that the General assembly has already taken this issue up informally and he has urged to put this on a fast-track, to better equip security-council with the changing peace and security issues. He said,” The question is, the member states should be able to find the modalities to meet the aspirations of states like India.”
Taking a view of India’s integral contribution to the 44 of the 69 Peacekeeping Missions, he addressed the critical nature of Indian association, while being appreciative of more than 8,000 Indian peacekeepers and India’s strong contribution to the democracy fund.
While taking on such diverse topics he hoped India would “lead development process and climate change negotiations” process, at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris this year.
In the past few months, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has made strong statements on the mishaps in India like the issue of violence against women, perpetual rise in Rape cases and the Law criminalizing Homosexuality. Again taking a strong view on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, criminalizing homosexuality, he demanded the Indian Government to repeal it. Since Human right is one of the fundamental principle of U.N.Charter, he called such a law to be “a matter of human rights”. He said,” In that regard, human rights and dignity should be respected for all the people, regardless of religion or ethnicity or gender or sexual orientation. It is important that the Indian government should promote the human rights of those people with different sexual orientation. The Indian penal code should decriminalize homosexuality.”
Discussing the 2015 U.N. plan focuses on sustainable development and adoption of climate change agreement, he stood appreciative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives to enhance renewable resources and 100 smart cities. He reiterated the frontline role of India in this phenomenon.
The International Yoga Day on June 21st, an Indian initiative, now approved by UNGA will also help to bring India to a larger platform in the world fora. Indian government needs to continue with its adequate stimuli to foster Indian growth and furnish the path to strengthen Indian stance at the UNGA and thus realize the long conceived aspiration of a permanent member status in the United Nations Security Council.
By – RAHUL JAIN
MANAGER- COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING
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