President of the United Nations General Assembly speaks at the commemoration of the sixth year of the India-UN Development Partnership Fund at the UN headquarters on Wednesday, November 28, 2023. India’s Permanent Representative Ruchira Kamboj is right. (Photo Source: UN)

India-UN Development Fund is seen as ‘epitome of South-South cooperation’

India’s Permanent Representative Ruchira Kamboj said, “India stands as a pillar of leadership and advocacy for the Global South”. 

Why the UN is unable to condemn and fight global terrorism

The justification of terrorism has prevented the adoption of the CCIT and Pakistan presents the prime example of this ideology.

Fighting climate change: India walks the talk

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With the Security Council ‘crumbling’, India says ‘naysayers’ should be stopped from blocking UN reform

A 12-member group of countries known as Uniting for Consensus, which is led by Italy and has Pakistan as a leading member, has used procedural tactics to prevent the adoption of a negotiating text because they oppose expanding the permanent membership of the Council, a demand of the majority of UN's 193 members.

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