Getting a permanent seat in the United States Security Council remains one of India's biggest ambitions as a nation.
In bid to secure a permanent seat in the UNSC, a non-political network of 16 to 24-year-old students recently organized a peace march in Mumbai. They aim to bring a positive change through their efforts.
The network, Indian International MUN (IIMUN), invited over 65,000 residents to participate in the march.
Minister of state with independent charge for power, coal, and new and renewable energy Piyush Goel was also present at the event. The march led to the inauguration of a youth conference that aimed to create awareness about the importance of securing a permanent seat in the UNSC.
Over 10,000 people signed a petition regarding the seat which the Indian government is expected to pass on to the UN soon, and hoping that this time it will bring out the best results.
Over 7,500 students of class VIII to X from over 150 schools across India participated in the conference.
Rishabh Shah, founder, IIMUN said, "Though over 5,000 Indian soldiers have been serving in the UN in its peace-keeping force, we are still unable to secure our borders. It is thus important for the country to secure a permanent seat at the UNSC."
Shah also explained, "A majority of India's population consists of the youth. And hence, we need to educate young minds on local, national and international issues. We are scheduled to host such conferences across 108 cities in India to garner more student petitions and support."
The organization is even planning to schedule a model conference in the UN headquarter vicinity, New York, on August 15 this year. Close to 400 Indian students are expected to participate in the conference.