‘Decisive push’ for reforms in UNSC
The G-4 nations of India, Germany, Brazil and Japan on 23 September 2020 called for a “decisive push” for the long-delayed reforms of the UN Security Council. “Participated in G4 Foreign Ministers Meeting that called for a decisive push for UNSC reforms during UN75. Unanimous call for text based negotiations in a fixed time frame. Reformed Multilateralism guides India’s approach to the United Nations, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.
- The meeting of G4 Foreign Ministers is held on the sidelines for the annual UN General Assembly.
- With the high-level session being held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, all meetings on the sidelines of the General Assembly are also being held on a virtual platform.
- In the 75th year of the United Nations, India will begin its two-year term as elected non-permanent member of the powerful Security Council from January 1 next year.
- India has been at the forefront of efforts to speed up the long-delayed reform of the 15-member Security Council, asserting that the UN body set up in 1945 cannot meet the challenges of a 21st Century world.
- Effective response to international terrorism, reforming multilateral systems, comprehensive approach to peace and security, technology with a human touch and inclusive solutions to foster development are India’s priorities for its UNSC tenure.
- In a video address to the High-Level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the world body faces a “crisis of confidence” without comprehensive reforms.
- There is widespread support, including by four of the five permanent members of the Security Council – US, UK, France and Russia – for a permanent seat for India at the Council.