India raises misrepresentation of card with WHO and wants immediate withdrawal


India has strongly raised the issue of the inaccurate representation of the Indian map showing the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh separately by the World Health Organization (WHO). The issue was raised by Indian envoy to the United Nations in Geneva, Indramani Pandey, along with WHO DG, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

In the letter, the senior Indian diplomat expressed his “deep dissatisfaction” with the “inaccurate representation of India’s borders on maps of various WHO web portals”. He called for “immediate intervention” from DG WHO to “remove the maps” that misrepresent India’s borders and replace them with “accurate maps”.

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This is the third time that India has raised the issue with the WHO in the space of a month. Previously, there were two times that the Indian mission to the UN in Geneva had written to the DG of WHO, and now with the envoy himself raising it.

The Indian Envoy in the letter underlined this, saying: “I draw your attention to our previous messages sent to WHO indicating similar inaccuracies.”

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Earlier in January, WION contacted the WHO about the misrepresentation of India’s map, with the body saying it was backing off and blaming the UN. WHO told WION that its “approach is to follow UN card guidelines and practices as much as possible.”

He added: “WHO, as a specialized agency of the United Nations, follows the United Nations on the representation of territories and borders on maps because the United Nations is responsible for dealing with issues involving geopolitical issues. for the United Nations system. “

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