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Modi at UNSC meet LIVE Updates: Maritime routes are being misused for piracy and terrorism, says PM

Modi at UNSC meet LIVE News Updates: The meeting is expected to be attended by several heads of state and governments of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) member states, along with high-level briefers from the UN system and key regional organisations, the MEA said Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 9, 2021 6:38:00 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech: When and where to watchPM Narendra Modi at a UNSC High-Level Open Debate. (Photo: Screengrab/Youtube@Narendra Modi)

PM Narendra Modi at UNSC Meet Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a UN Security Council open debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security — A Case for International Cooperation” on Monday evening via video conferencing. The focus of the debate was to focus on ways to effectively counter maritime crime and insecurity, and strengthen coordination in the maritime domain.

Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate.

The session has Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance. Apart from him, several heads of state and governments of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) member states, along with high-level briefers from the UN system and key regional organisations, are also attending the meeting, the MEA said Sunday.

The UN Security Council has discussed and passed resolutions on different aspects of maritime security and maritime crime, the MEA said. However, this will be the first time that maritime security will be discussed in a holistic manner as an exclusive agenda item in such a high level open debate.

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18:38 (IST)09 Aug 2021
'Want to make an inclusive framework on maritime security based on the vision of SAGAR'

"We want to make an inclusive framework on maritime security in our region based on the vision of SAGAR (Security And Growth for All in the Region). This vision is for a safe, secure, and stable maritime domain," PM Narendra Modi at a UNSC High-Level Open Debate said.

18:22 (IST)09 Aug 2021
For maritime security, Modi puts forth following basic principles

For maritime security, Modi put forth 5 basic principles:

1) Free maritime trade sans barriers so as to establish legitimate trade.

2) Settlement of maritime disputes should be peaceful and on the basis of international law only.

3) Responsible maritime connectivity should be encouraged.

4) Fourth is the need to collectively combat maritime threats posed by non-state actors and natural calamities.

5) Preserve maritime environment and maritime resources.

18:20 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Prosperity depends on the active flow of maritime trade: Modi

"We should remove barriers to maritime trade. Our prosperity depends on the active flow of maritime trade & barriers in this path can pose a challenge to the entire global economy. Free maritime trade is associated with the culture of India for time immemorial," PM Modi said.

18:09 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Maritime routes are being misused for piracy and terrorism: PM Narendra Modi

This shared heritage of ours (oceans) is facing several types of challenges. Maritime routes are being misused for piracy and terrorism, says PM Narendra Modi 

18:07 (IST)09 Aug 2021
PM Modi: Oceans are our shared heritage, maritime routes the lifelines of international trade

Oceans are our shared heritage & our maritime routes are the lifelines of international trade. These oceans are very important for the future of our planet: PM Modi

18:06 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Should remove barriers from maritime trade: Modi

"We should remove barriers from maritime trade. Free and uninterupted maritime trade is necessary for holistic development," Modi said.

17:21 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Ashoke Mukerji writes: Envisioning a secure Indian Ocean

"India’s decision to convene an open debate of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on enhancing maritime security, to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 9, reflects India’s international evolution as a maritime nation," writes Asoke Mukerji. "The objective of the debate is to highlight effective international maritime cooperation to respond holistically to natural and manmade threats to maritime security. The fallout of the 2004 tsunami, which took a heavy toll on human and natural resources, led to the creation of an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System by the UN in 2005," he adds. Read full opinion here 

17:09 (IST)09 Aug 2021
Modi to chair UNSC debate: Follow the event here

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a UN Security Council open debate on “Enhancing Maritime Security — A Case for International Cooperation” on Monday evening via video conferencing. Follow the programme here: 

“Given that no country alone can address the diverse aspects of maritime security, it is important to consider this subject in a holistic manner in the United Nations Security Council. A comprehensive approach to maritime security should protect and support legitimate maritime activities, while countering traditional and non-traditional threats in the maritime domain,” the MEA said.

In 2015, Modi had put forward the vision of SAGAR — an acronym for “Security and Growth for all in the Region” — which focuses on cooperative measures for sustainable use of the oceans, and provides a framework for a safe, secure, and stable maritime domain in the region.

This initiative was further elaborated in 2019 at the East Asia Summit through the Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI), with a focus on seven pillars of maritime security, including Maritime Ecology; Maritime Resources; Capacity Building and Resource Sharing; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation; and Trade Connectivity and Maritime Transport, the MEA said.

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