India’s new permanent representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin has assured the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon of his full support in the body’s quest for peaceful political solutions for all the problems.  He has also promised his backing in helping the UN achieve its ideals and priorities Ban had set out for 2016, including that of Agenda 2030

Mr. Ban while receiving the credentials of Mr. Akbaruddin welcomed the latter’s appointment and appreciated the significant role played by India at the powerful world body as a long trusted partner olf multilateral system.

The former high-profile spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs is a 1985 batch IFS officer and India’s 21st Permanent Representative at the UN and succeeds Asoke Mukerji who demitted office on December 31. He had previously served at the Indian Mission to the United Nations as First Secretary during 1995-98 and focused on the UN Security Council Reform and Peace-Keeping.

He has also served as an international civil-servant at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna from 2006-2011. In that capacity, he worked as Head of External Relations and Policy Coordination Unit and also as the Special Assistant to the Director-General of the IAEA.

In his first few speeches soon after this arrival early this month, Akbaruddin urged the UN to show a common resolve to rise above semantic definitional differences and work on the long overdue Comprehensive Convention on International terrorism.