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Has India got the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the first time?

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News Claim: In a viral message on social media, it is being claimed that India is chairing the Security Council of the United Nations (UN) for the first time. Social media users are giving credit for this achievement of India to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Viral message on WhatsApp today & other Social Media: The message being shared on social media is - India's command of the world is in the hands of India, India becomes the president of UNO (UNSC), many countries including Turkey, Pakistan are furious, India will preside over the United Nations for the first time.

दुनिया की कमान भारत के हाथों में, भारत बना UNO (UNSC) का अध्यक्ष तुर्की, पाक समेत कई देश बौखलाए, United Nations की अध्यक्षता भारत पहली बार करेगा  

News Verification: India has assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council from August 1. After India got the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, many types of claims are being seen on social media. A message is going viral, in which it is said that India has got this opportunity for the first time because of Narendra Modi. This message is being shared a lot but there is no truth in it. India has not got the presidency for the first time.

It has been written from some pages on Facebook that now the command of the world is in the hands of India, India has become the President of UNSC. Many countries like Turkey, Pakistan have been shocked. India will preside over the UN for the first time. It has also been shared from many other pages.

For the first time, India presided over this Security Council in 1950. Narendra Modi will definitely be the first Prime Minister of India who will preside over this Security Council.

How the UNSC Presidency India has taken over the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council from August 1. India has got this responsibility for the month of August. The presidency of the United Nations Security Council changes every month. After France, it is India's turn. India is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for two years. India became a non-permanent member of the Security Council on January 1, 2021. India's term is yet to come, in such a situation, India will get the presidency of UNSC twice in its tenure of two years.

As per the Ministry of External Affairs, The United Nations General Assembly today elected India as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term beginning 1 January 2011. India received 187 votes, the highest among the candidates for election to the Security Council as non-permanent members. The minimal threshold for election to the Security Council is 128 votes, which is two-thirds of the votes of the 192 Member States of the United Nations.

This will be India's seventh term on the Security Council as a non-permanent member. India has previously been a member of the Security Council in 1950-51, 1967-68, 1972-73, 1977-78, 1984-85, and 1991-92.

As a founding member of the United Nations, India is fully committed to the Organization's principles and purposes. During its forthcoming term in the UNSC, India will discharge its obligations as a responsible member of the international community and a representative of the developing countries by remaining fully and actively engaged on all issues before the Council. India looks forward to working with fellow members of the UNSC and other Member States of the UN to these ends.

News verdict: False.


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