India to chair 3 key committees of UN Security Council in 2021-22

India heads crucial UNSC panels

India has been assigned the chairmanship of 3 bodies in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). India has been given the command of the Taliban Sanctions, Anti-Terrorism Committee and the Libya sanctions committee

India is poised to play a vital role in the Afghanistan peace process and in Libya after it was named the chair of the UN Security Council’s sanction committees on Taliban and Libya. In the new allocation of responsibilities at the UNSC with the entry of five new members, including India, for a two-year term, Permanent Representative to the UN TS Tirumurti said, India would also get to chair the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC). India had chaired this committee when it was last in the UNSC during its seventh term from 2010 to 2011. In all, there are 14 sanction committees and three others, including CTC, Non-Proliferation Committee and Military Staff Committee.

A non-permanent member like India will chair two sanctions committees after the UNSC agreed last year on fair distribution of work in the selection of chairs. Decisions are by consensus and the reforms distributed work more uniformly between the chair and co-chair. More important, it was agreed that chairs will be appointed bearing in mind the capacities and resources of members. India will chair the CTC in 2022, which coincides with the country’s 75th anniversary of Independence.