Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council.
India strongly condemned the "barbaric" terror attack by the Taliban on a school in Pakistan that killed 141 people, mostly children, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council called for perpetrators of the "blood-curdling attack" to be brought to justice.
Describing the unreformed UN Security Council as a "seriously impaired organ," India has emphasised the urgent need to achieve reform of the powerful body by next year, saying a text should be tabled to begin "actual negotiations" on its reform and expansion.
India has asked the UN Security Council to enforce its resolutions on countering terrorism "without exception", saying that condoning the use of terror on account of perceived political purposes is counter-productive to stem the growing spiral of violence.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Tuesday that using only military means to fight the threat of Islamic State in Syria could radicalize more Sunni armed groups and spark greater violence.