Meet Ruchira Kamboj, The First Female UN Representative From India
As India’s first female ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj handed her credentials to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday at the UN’s New York headquarters.
Former Indian ambassador to Bhutan, Ruchira, 58, is a member of the 1987 batch of the Indian Foreign Service. In June, she was appointed as India’s permanent representative to the UN in New York.
In her tweet, she stated, “Today, have presented my credentials to the Secretary General of the United Nations @antonioguterres as Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the @UN. A privilege to be the first Indian woman to be given the honour to hold this position. To the girls out there, we all can make it!”
India’s tenure on the Council will end in December of this year, and for that month, it will also preside over the crucial UN body. Ruchira also served as a counsellor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN in New York from the years 2002 to 2005. In India, Ruchira was the top female applicant for both the 1987 Foreign Service and Civil Services batches.
Ruchira started her career in diplomacy in Paris, where she worked for the Indian Embassy in France from 1989 until 1991. But Ruchira then went back to Delhi, where she served from 1991 to 1996 as an undersecretary in the ministry of external affairs’ Europe West Division.
She served as the Indian High Commission’s First Secretary (Economic and Commercial) and Head of Chancery in Port Louis, Mauritius, from 1996 and 1999. From July 2017 until March 2019, Ruchira represented India as the Indian High Commissioner to South Africa and was accredited to the Kingdom of Lesotho.
On May 17, 2019, she was appointed as the Indian ambassador to Bhutan. One of the other female ambassadors to the Council is the US ambassador to the UN. Mona Juul is the Permanent Representative (PR) of Norway to the United Nations in New York, as are Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Barbara Woodward, the Permanent Representatives (PRs) of the United Kingdom, are some examples.
In a time of rising international tensions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Security Council’s limitations due to the permanent members’ veto power, Ruchira will take up her post there. India is a member of the Security Council and is an elected body.
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