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PM Narendra Modi to chair UNSC debate on maritime security, cooperation

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 09, Aug 2021
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  • Modi would be the first Indian Prime Minister to preside over a UN Security Council Open Debate
  • The open debate will focus on ways to effectively counter maritime crime and insecurity, and strengthen coordination in the maritime domain.
  • The UN Security Council has discussed and passed resolutions on different aspects of maritime security and maritime crime. 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.
  • India has been championing the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) idea, initiating forums like the Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR) and the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI).


  • PM Modi, during his visit to Mauritius, in 2015 put forward the vision of SAGAR (‘Security and Growth for all in the Region
  • Aim: To deepen economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbours and assist in building their maritime security capabilities.


  • On 4 November 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the IPOI at the East Asia Summit in Bangkok
  • The main objective of the IPOI is to ensure the safety, security, and stability of the maritime domain.

Seven pillars of Maritime Security

  • Maritime Ecology
  • Maritime Resources
  • Capacity Building and Resource Sharing
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
  • Science, Technology and Academic Cooperation
  • Trade Connectivity
  • Maritime Transport