Set own house in order, implement UNSC reforms: India to UN

Set own house in order, implement UNSC reforms: India to UN

India has said the United Nations should "set its house in order" and implement the much-delayed reform of the Security Council before it seeks to embark upon an ambitious post-2015 development agenda.

It also said the relevance of the world body is at stake if the UN is not reformed to be more effective and representative.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji yesterday said an "over-riding view" of a majority of participants in the previous five rounds of talks is that the requirement to reform the Council to make it more effective and representative cannot be delayed any longer.

He was addressing an informal plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on 'Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Council'.

"During these past months, even as we have engaged in making statements at each other, the Security Council has been paralyzed by its inherent flaws. The result of this paralysis is visible. The failure of the Security Council to respond to eruptions of crises, and create sustainable frameworks of political stability, whether on the continent of Africa, or in Asia and in Europe, has been starkly documented for the wider public.

"This failure has already extracted a huge human and material cost, which the UN can ill afford at a time our organization is poised to articulate the blueprint for the post-2015 Development Agenda for the World. At stake is the relevance of the United Nations to embark upon such an ambitious exercise when it has not been able to set its house in order," Mukerji said.

The sixth meeting of the IGN saw participation of 64 speakers, of which more than 40 spoke in favour of India's position for early UNSC reforms.

There was broad convergence on expanding the Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership and for delivering concrete outcomes by 2015, a position supported by countries such as Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Germany, UK, France, Nicaragua, Palau, Benin, Malawi, St. Vincent and Grenadines and nearly 30 more countries.

Mukerji said the mandate for "early reforms" of the UN Security Council was given by global leaders at the 60th anniversary Summit of the United Nations in 2005 and UN member states must build on the convergences to carry the negotiations forward and concretise outcomes for adoption by the 70th Anniversary Summit of the UN in 2015.