August 14, 2022
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“To Girls Out There…”: India’s First Woman UN Envoy On Taking Charge

On Tuesday, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj took office as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, becoming the nation’s first female representative at the organization’s headquarters in New York. She did so by presenting her credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres here.

Ruchira Kamboj, 58, an Indian Foreign Service officer from the 1987 batch, formerly served as India’s ambassador to Bhutan. She was named India’s permanent representative to the UN in New York in June, following Ambassador T S Tirumurti.

“Today,have presented my credentials to the Secretary General of the United Nations @antonioguterres as Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the @UN. A privilege to be the first Indian woman to be given the honour to hold this position. To the girls out there,we all can make it!” she tweeted.

In December of this year, India’s term on the Council will come to a close, and for that month, it will also serve as President of the influential UN body.

In addition, Ms. Kamboj had previously worked in New York from 2002 to 2005 as a Counselor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN.

Ms. Kamboj finished first among all Indian women in the 1987 Civil Services batch and first in the foreign service batch. She started her career in diplomacy in Paris, where from 1989 to 1991 she served as the Third Secretary of the Indian Embassy in France.

From 1991 to 1996, she served as under secretary in the Europe West Division of the Ministry of External Affairs after returning from Paris. She worked for the Indian High Commission in Port Louis, Mauritius, from 1996 to 1999 as First Secretary (Economic and Commercial) and Head of Chancery.

From July 2017 until March 2019, Ms. Kamboj held the position of India’s high commissioner to South Africa while also holding dual accreditation with the Kingdom of Lesotho. On May 17, 2019, she accepted responsibility as the Indian envoy to Bhutan.

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