Focus: GS-II International Relations
Why in news?
India is a candidate for a non-permanent seat at the UNSC for a two-year term beginning January 2021.
India launched the campaign brochure for the voting that is to take place for the UNSC Seat (non-permanent).
This will be the eighth time India will occupy a non-permanent UNSC seat, with its last stint in 2011-2012.
India is guaranteed a place in the UNSC as it is the sole candidate for Asia-Pacific but needs two-thirds of the members of General Assembly to vote in its favour.
2021 is also the year that will mark its 75th year of Independence, which was why it was targeted by India.
The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan agreed to step aside for the 2021-22 seat, as gesture to the friendship between India and Afghanistan.
Highlights of what India aims to bring to the table
India’s overall objective during this tenure in the UN Security Council will be the achievement of N.O.R.M.S: a New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System
Listing the challenges, the minister said traditional and non-traditional security challenges continued to grow unchecked and that terrorism is the worst of such challenges.
-Source: The Hindu, Times of India