published : 2023-09-26

India Challenges UN Security Council, Vows to Break the Status Quo

Indian External Affairs Minister warns that the days of a few nations setting the agenda are over

A photo of Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar delivering his speech at the U.N. General Assembly, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

India criticized the structure of the U.N. Security Council and vowed that it will not go unchallenged indefinitely during its final speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

In his speech, Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar directly addressed the issue of a few nations shaping the agenda and seeking to define the norms.

Jaishankar emphasized that this cannot continue indefinitely, and a fair, equitable, and democratic order will emerge.

He did not mention the ongoing spat with Canada over the killing of a Sikh activist on Canadian soil, but his warning to the U.N.'s top-level members carried weight.

An image of the U.N. Security Council chamber during a session, showcasing the structure that India criticized, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

Syrian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bassam al-Sabbagh, echoed India's criticism of the Security Council and called for a new 'multi-polar' world order, emphasizing the need to reform international institutions, particularly the Security Council.

Al-Sabbagh also criticized the U.S. for its policies of creative chaos in the region and accused Israel of violating the sovereignty of Palestinians.

North Korea joined in the criticism, labeling South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol as 'a guy with a trash-like brain' and 'a diplomatic idiot' during their speech at the U.N. General Assembly.

North Korea's representative condemned the joint military operations of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea, suggesting they aim to establish an Asian version of NATO.

A photograph of a protest in support of Palestinian sovereignty, highlighting the Israeli-Palestinian conflict mentioned in the article, taken with a Nikon D850.

Meanwhile, Canada's delegation chairman, Robert Rae, focused on climate change and urged fellow U.N. members to contribute to the green transformation of the global economy.

Rae also advocated for the rights of LGBT people and endorsed the creation of a state of Palestine, while condemning Israel's expansion of settlements in the West Bank.

These speeches at the U.N. General Assembly shed light on the discontent and calls for reform within international institutions, as countries strive for a more inclusive and balanced world order.