Diplomat TS Tirumurti has taken over as India’s Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. Given the restrictions in place due to Covid-19, he presented his credentials virtually.
Before being appointed as the Permanent Envoy to the UN, Tirumurti held the post of Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Known to be a problem solver, Tirumurti has spearheaded India’s economic diplomacy at both the national and global levels. He is an officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) belonging to the 1985 batch and has served as the Indian Envoy to Malaysia previously.
Privileged to take over yesterday as Permanent Representative of India to the UN in New York. During these COVID-19 times, I was the second Ambassador/ PR to UN to present virtual credentials! @MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar pic.twitter.com/zaCcumG954
— Amb/PR to UN Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) May 21, 2020
He has also served in the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva and as Joint Secretary (UN Economic and Social) at the headquarters. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Commerce and Law.
Going forward, there will be multiple challenges for India at the UN. India will become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in 2021 and will play an important role in shaping the global outcomes post- COVID-19.
The issue of Pakistan State-sponsored terrorism will continue to challenge India’s diplomatic response.
Tirumurti’s predecessor Syed Akbaruddin played a critical role as India’s voice at the UN and in getting many of these entities blacklisted by the UNSC.