Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres here on Tuesday as she took charge as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, the country’s first female envoy at the World Organization’s headquarters in New York.
Ruchira Kamboj, 58, a 1987 Indian Foreign Service officer, was previously India’s ambassador to Bhutan and was appointed India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in June, succeeding Ambassador TS Tirumurti.
“Today I presented my credentials to the Secretary-General of the United Nations @antonioguterres as Permanent Representative/Ambassador to the @UN. It is a privilege to be the first Indian woman to be honored to hold this position. To the girls out there, we can do it all!” she tweeted.
Today I handed over 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 honor of holding this position
To the girls out there, we can make it all! pic.twitter.com/i1D7Qof2tc
— Ruchira Kamboj (@RuchiraKamboj) August 2, 2022
India’s tenure in the Council will expire in December this year, when the country will also chair the powerful UN body that month.
Ms Kamboj also previously served as an adviser to the Permanent Representation of India to the UN in New York from 2002-2005.
Ms. Kamboj was the all-Indian female top of the Civil Services batch of 1987 and the top of the foreign service batch of that year. She began her diplomatic journey in Paris, where she was posted as third secretary at the Indian embassy in France from 1989-1991.
From Paris she returned to Delhi, where she worked from 1991-96 as Undersecretary in the Europe West Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1996-1999 she served in Mauritius as First Secretary (Economic and Commercial) and Head of Chancellery at the Indian High Commission in Port Louis.
Ms Kamboj was the High Commissioner of India in South Africa from July 2017 to March 2019, with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Lesotho. On May 17, 2019, she took up the duties of Indian envoy to Bhutan.
She joins the group of women ambassadors to the Council, including 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 Juul, UAE Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh.
Irish PR Ambassador Geraldine Nason goes to Washington as her country’s envoy.