India wants more say for General Assembly in selection of UNSG

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United Nations: India on December 7 said the General Assembly must have a greater say in the process of selection and appointment of the United Nations Secretary General.

“The (General) Assembly must have a greater say in the process of selection of the Secretary General,” India’s permanent representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on the  revitalization of its work.

“The continued circumscribing of the Assembly’s role and responsibilities in the process of selection and appointment of the Secretary General needs to change  in the interests of the United Nations system in general and the Assembly’s prerogatives in particular,”  he said.

Observing that the issue of its revitalization has assumed particular significance in recent years, Puri said India firmly believes this can only be achieved when position of General Assembly as the chief deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the United Nations is respected both in letter and in spirit.

“The General Assembly should take the lead in setting the global agenda and restoring the centrality of the United Nations in formulating multilateral approaches to resolving transnational issues,” Puri said.

Notably, India is set to join the UN Security Council as its non-permanent member after a gap of 19 years.

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