India’s first woman UN envoy as she takes charge: ‘To the girls out there…’ | Latest News India

Senior diplomat Ruchira Kamboj, who took over as India’s new permanent representative to the United Nations, presented her credentials to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday. In a tweet, she became the first Indian woman to hold the honor of holding the position. She also left a note for the girls: “To the girls out there, we can all do it!”

A 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, Kamboj was serving as India’s ambassador to Bhutan. He succeeds TS Thirumurthy as the Indian Ambassador to the UN. She is the country’s first female ambassador serving at the World Organization’s headquarters in New York.

When he took over as India’s ambassador to the UN, congratulations poured in. Kamboj’s former ambassador TS Thirumurthy wrote, “Congratulations and all the best for your success Ruchira! @IndiaUNNewYork.”

Kamboj was the All India Female Topper of the 1987 Civil Services batch and the topper of the Foreign Service batch that year.

He began his diplomatic journey in Paris, where he was posted at the Indian Embassy in France from 1989-1991. However, Kamboj later returned to Delhi, where he worked from 1991-96 as Under Secretary in the Europe West Division of the Ministry of External Affairs.

From 1996-1999, he served as First Secretary (Economics and Commerce) in Mauritius and Head of Chancery at the Indian High Commission in Port Louis.

Kamboj served as the High Commissioner of India to South Africa from July, 2017 to March, 2019 with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Lesotho.

He assumed charge as Indian Ambassador to Bhutan on 17 May 2019.

Other women ambassadors on the council include US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield, UK Permanent Representative (PR) Ambassador Barbara Woodward, Norwegian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Mona Jull etc.

(with agency inputs)

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