Ruchira Kamboj appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Ruchira Kamboj, currently India’s Ambassador to Bhutan, has been appointed as India’s next Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. She will succeed TS Tirumurti and is expected to take over the role shortly, MEA said.

Kamboj, who joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1987, was the All India Women’s Topper of the 1987 Civil Services charge and the Topper of the 1987 Foreign Service charge.

She began her diplomatic journey in Paris, France, where she served as third secretary at the Embassy of India in France from 1989 to 1991, where she learned French.

During her career she has been Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO in Paris, Indian High Commissioner in South Africa and Chief of Protocol in New Delhi.

Kamboj has also gained experience at the UN in New York. From 2002 to 2005, she served as a consultant at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York, where she dealt with a wide range of political issues including UN peacekeeping, UN Security Council reform, Middle East crisis, etc.

Following the release of Secretary-General Kofi Anan’s Blue Ribbon Panel report in December 2014, she was part of the G-4 team working on the reform and expansion of the United Nations Security Council, which is still in progress. During this time she also served as Head of the Mission’s Registry and successfully managed four visits by the Prime Minister to coincide with the opening of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly each September.

From 2011 to 2014 she was India’s Chief of Protocol, the first and so far only female diplomat in the Indian government to hold the position.

However, while seconded as India’s Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris in April 2014, she was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a special mandate to officiate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in May 2014, which was marked by the presence of the heads of state and Heads of government of the SAARC countries and Mauritius.

She also served in Mauritius, Cape Town in South Africa as India’s Consul General and in the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

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