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India’s Aniruddha Rajput elected to UN’s International Law Commission

Indian lawyer, Aniruddha Rajput (33) has been elected as a member International Law Commission (ILC), a top body of legal experts of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Rajput is among the 34 individuals elected by the UNGA as members of the ILC. He is India’s first time candidate to the Commission and youngest among the group.

He is also the first Indian nominee chosen from outside the close circuit of lawyers of the Union Ministry of External Affairs.

Elections

The members have been elected from five geographical groupings of Asia-Pacific, African, Latin American and Caribbean, Eastern European and Western European states. Rajput was elected from the Asia Pacific Group by garnering 160 votes. They will have five-year term commencing from January 2017.

About Aniruddha Rajput

  • He had practiced in the Supreme Court for six years and was also visiting professor for international Commercial Arbitration and International Trade Law at Indian Law Institute.
  • He is an alumnus of London School of Economics. He was appointed by Law Commission of India to an expert group tasked with analysis of Model Bilateral Investment Treaty 2015.
  • His prime areas of interest being international laws include sources of international law, law of sea, international arbitration, UN law & practice and international trade law (WTO law).
  • He has several publications to his name, including books, articles, chapters, conference papers on legal issues.

About International Law Commission (ILC)

The ILC was established by the UNGA in 1947 to undertake the mandate of UN to ensure promotion and progressive development of International law and its codification. It holds an annual session at the UN Office at Geneva.

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27 September: World Tourism Day

The World Tourism Day (WTD) is being observed annually on 27th September to raise awareness about the importance of tourism.

Significance of the day: To foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

2016 Theme:Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility’. It seeks to spread both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility of tourism.

Celebrations

  • Celebrating the day, India will focus on cleanliness, security and better connectivity of tourist areas to boost tourism in the country.
  • Union Tourism Ministry will give impetus to the cleanliness initiative.
  • Government has decided to ban polythene at all tourist spots from October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Besides,’Swachh Paryatan Run’ will be flagged off and a special sightseeing tour of the monuments and museums in Delhi for Divyang children will be organised.

Background

  • The World Tourism Day marks adaptation of Statutes of the UNWTO on September 27, 1970. The adoption of these Statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism.
  • The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community.
  • It also seeks to demonstrate the impact of tourism sector on social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

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India, US, Afghanistan reaffirm shared interest in combating terrorism

India, United States and Afghanistan have reaffirmed their shared interests in combating terrorism and advancing peace and security in the region.

In this regard, a trilateral statement was issued after meeting of their delegates in New York on the sidelines of the 71st session of UN General Assembly.

Key features of trilateral statement

  • Three countries reaffirm their shared interests in advancing peace and security in the region, as well as countering terrorism.
  • They have exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and on regional issues of mutual interest.
  • The meeting provided a forum for the governments of India and the US to explore ways to coordinate and align their assistance with the priorities of the Afghanistan government.
  • They welcomed the discussions focused on political, economic, and development goals in Afghanistan including the regional dimension.

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