Kamboj’s tenure ends as India’s Permanent Representative to UN


Ruchira Kamboj expressed gratitude to ‘Bharat’ for the wonderful years and unforgettable experiences…reports Asian Lite News

Ruchira Kamboj, the first Indian woman to assume the position of India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, announced her retirement on Saturday.

She expressed gratitude to ‘Bharat’ for the wonderful years and unforgettable experiences.

“Thank you, Bharat, for the extraordinary years and unforgettable experiences,” said Ruchira Kamboj on X.

In response, the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York thanked Ruchira Kamboj for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the country and wished her a happy and fulfilling retirement.

“Thank you for your incredible leadership and dedication Madam Ambassador. Your legacy and contributions to #TeamPMI and Bharat will be cherished forever. Wishing you a joyous and fulfilling retirement!.” Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, New York said on X.

She also shared some pictures while praising her interns for their exceptional work, stating they surpassed all expectations and are future leaders.

In a post on X, Ruchira Kamboj stated, “Just had the pleasure of working with the best interns ever! Kavya Jain and Sahana Ravikumar, these very capable young #women exceeded all expectations. Could I have asked for more? Absolutely not! #FutureLeaders.”

Earlier in the day, she also participated in a key event focused on improving peacekeeping efforts and stated that she is proud to represent her country, which takes a leading role by sharing its strategies, ideas, and best practices.

“Honoured to open today’s high-level segment on enhancing #peacekeeping relevance. Proud to represent a country that leads from the front, sharing our strategic thinking, ideation and best practices.” Ruchira said on X.

According to the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in New York, Ruchira Kamboj formally assumed the position of PR / Ambassador of India to New York, upon presentation of her credentials to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 2 August 2022, the first lady diplomat from India to assume this position.

She began her diplomatic journey in Paris, France where she was posted as the Third Secretary in the Indian Embassy to France from 1989-1991.

From Paris, she returned to Delhi where she worked as Under Secretary in the Europe West Division of India’s Ministry of External Affairs from 1991-96, dealing with France, UK, the BENELUX countries, Italy, Spain and Portugal. In this capacity, she also handled India’s relationship with the Commonwealth of Nations, representing the country at the 14th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October 1995 in Auckland, New Zealand.

She was posted as Counsellor at India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2002-2005, where she dealt with a wide range of political issues, including UN Peacekeeping, UN Security Council Reform, the Middle East crisis etc.

From 2006-2009, she was India’s Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa whose position involved close liaison with the Parliament of South Africa.

She was picked to be the Deputy Head of the Office of the Secretary-General at the Commonwealth Secretariat London.

From 2011-2014, she was India’s Chief of Protocol, the first and only lady so far in Government to have held this position. In this capacity, she directed all outgoing visits of the President of India, the Vice President of India, the Prime Minister of India and the External Affairs Minister of India.

In her third tryst with multilateralism, she was posted as India’s Ambassador to UNESCO Paris in April 2014. In May 2014 however she was called by the Ministry of External Affairs on special assignment to direct the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was marked by the presence of Heads of State and Government from the SAARC countries and Mauritius. She resumed her duties in Paris upon completion of this special assignment. (ANI)

India’s dedication to committed multilateralism shines

As anticipation builds for the upcoming UN Summit of the Future, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, has underscored India’s unwavering commitment to multilateralism.

Kamboj expressed excitement for the summit on Thursday, highlighting India’s proactive stance in embracing the opportunity to repurpose the UN for collective global progress.

“Excited for the upcoming UN Summit of the Future! India’s dedication to committed multilateralism shines as we embrace this opportunity to repurpose the UN for collective global progress. Together, we can achieve the greater good,” Kamboj said in a post on X.

India’s steadfast commitment to multilateralism has long been a cornerstone of its foreign policy, with the nation actively engaging in international forums to address global challenges and promote cooperation.

The Summit of the Future (September 2024) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enhance cooperation on critical challenges and address gaps in global governance. It will reaffirm existing commitments, including to the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Charter, and move towards a reinvigorated multilateral system better positioned to impact people’s lives positively, according to the UN.

The Summit is a high-level event, bringing world leaders together to forge a new international consensus on how we deliver a better present and safeguard the future.

This once-in-a-generation opportunity serves as a moment to mend eroded trust and demonstrate that international cooperation can effectively tackle current challenges as well as those that have emerged in recent years or may yet be over the horizon.

The proposal for a Summit of the Future originated in the Our Common Agenda report. The report was a response by the UN Secretary-General to a call from Member States for ideas on how better to respond to current and future challenges.

The Common Agenda report called for a renewal of trust and solidarity at all levels – between peoples, countries and generations. It made the case for a fundamental rethink of our political, economic and social systems so that they deliver more fairly and effectively for everyone. It also recommended a corresponding renewal of the multilateral system, with the Summit of the Future as a defining moment to agree on the most critical improvements necessary.

Member States agreed to hold the Summit in September 2024. They also agreed that the Summit would have an outcome – a Pact for the Future, according to the official statement. (ANI)

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