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Pankaj Sharma appointed India's Ambassador to UN Conference

Pankaj Sharma has been appointed as the ambassador and India's permanent representative to United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva.
  • He will replace Amandeep Gill. 
  • Sharma is currently joint secretary (Disarmament and International Security Division) in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

About UN Conference on Disarmament:

  • UN Conference on Disarmament (CD) is not formally a United Nations (UN) organization.
  • It is linked to UN through the personal representative of UN Secretary-General.
  • It is a multilateral forum established in 1979 by the international community to negotiate multilateral arms control and disarmament agreements.
  • It is headquartered in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • The conference has 65 members representing all areas of the world, including all known nuclear-weapon states (including India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea). 
  • Resolutions adopted by UN General Assembly often request the conference to consider specific disarmament matters.
  • In turn, the conference annually reports its activities to UNGA.
  • In the 1990s, the Conference had held intensive efforts to draft CTBT text and its two annexes, but it did not succeed in reaching consensus on the adoption of the text.
  • Currently UNCD conducts discussion on Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT), a pact to prevent an arms race in outer space, nuclear disarmament and negative security assurances (NSA).

Question:

Q. Who has been appointed as the ambassador and India's permanent representative to United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva?
a. Puneet Sharma
b. Prakash Sharma
c. Praveen Sharma
d. Pankaj Sharma
Pankaj Sharma appointed India's Ambassador to UN Conference Pankaj Sharma appointed India's Ambassador to UN Conference Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on October 07, 2018 Rating: 5

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