Chad Current Affairs - 2020

Indian-American Geeta Pasi nominated as US envoy to Chad

United States (US) President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Geeta Pasi as the country’s next envoy to central African nation Chad.

Ms. Pasi is a career member of the US Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counsellor. She had served as the United States Ambassador to Djibouti from 2011 to 2014.

At present, she is the Director of the Office of Career Development and Assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources at the Department of State.

She had joined the US Foreign Service in 1988. Since the she had served at posts in Cameroon, Ghana, India and Romania.

Pasi also had served as the Director of the Office of East African Affairs in the Bureau of African Affairs (2009 to 2011), Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Dhaka (Bangladesh) from 2006 to 2009, and Deputy Principal Officer at the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany (2003 to 2006).

Jordan gets UNSC seat as its non-permanent member

Jordan has been elected as a non-permanent member of United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Jordan has replaced Saudi Arabia which was recently elected for the position but rejected the seat in protest at the UN council’s failure to end the war in Syria and act on other Middle East issues.

Which are the new members on UNSC?

Jordan is the latest entrant on the UNSC as its non-permanent member. Besides, Lithuania, Chile, Nigeria and Chad will also join as new members of the council, replacing Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Pakistan, Morocco and Togo. The other five temporary council members that will remain next year are Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, South Korea and Rwanda.

Some key points about UNSC

The UNSC was established in 1946 as per Article 23 of Chapter V of United Nations Charter. The council has 15 members which are further categorized into 5 permanent and 10 non –permanent members of the Council. The non-permanent members have term of 2 years.

Permanent Members:

  1. China
  2. France
  3. Russian Federation
  4. The United Kingdom
  5. The United States of America  
What are the key responsibilities of the UNSC?

The UNSC is one of the six key organs of the United Nations and is entrusted with the maintenance of international peace and security. Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions; it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.