Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday afternoon took a strong step towards a more prominent role in the UN Security Council – India’s highest decision-making forum, by asking “How long do we have to wait? How long will India last?” away from the UN decision-making process? “
“When we were weak, we did not bother people. When we became strong, we did not become bojh (weight) for the world. How long do we have to wait? “India has sent troops to UN peacekeeping missions and has lost the largest number of troops.” The Prime Minister said in strong introductory remarks.
“The ideals of the United Nations and the basic principles of India are similar. Vasudev kutumbakam (the world is a family) has been repeated many times in the UN halls. “India has always thought of the prosperity of the people,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi, who addressed the General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech, reminded the UN that 130 million Indians still believed in his ideals, but said the world body needed to adapt and change to remain relevant in the present. .
“Reform is needed at the United Nations and India is waiting for this reform,” he said.
The Security Council (UNSC) is the UN’s highest decision-making forum and can only take legally binding decisions such as sanctions. There are five permanent members – the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and France, each of which has a veto.
India, which had previously served seven terms as a non-permanent and elected member, was was re-elected for a two-year term in June (the term starts on January 1, 2021) along with Ireland, Mexico and Norway.
During India’s re-election, Prime Minister Modi wrote on Twitter that the country was “deeply grateful for the overwhelming support (from) the world community for India ‘s accession to the UN Security Council “.
Deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the world community for India’s accession to the @ONE Security Council. India will work with all Member States to promote world peace, security, resilience and justice.
– Narendra Modi (@ narendramodi) June 18, 2020
However, India has long sought a stable role and renewal of the current system.
Last week the government said it was according to the “highest priority” to get a permanent seat in a UNSC that “reflects contemporary world realities”.
India has been supported in this bid by four of the five permanent members, including the United States. In February, President Donald Trump said he had pledged to work with India to strengthen and reform the UN.
There is, however, “a section in the United Nations that supports extension only to the non-permanent category,” said B Muraleedharan, the foreign ministry’s foreign minister, in a secret report in China.
Following the re-election of India as a non-permanent member, China has said it would like to step up co-operation with all parties, but did not comment on the move for a permanent position.
On Wednesday, the India, Brazil and South Africa Group (IBSA) expressed “disappointment” at the “slow” progress of Security Council reform and said it was time to move to a results-oriented process for the expansion of the core global body.
The three countries, in a joint statement, strongly called for the reform of the UNHCR to be accelerated, saying that any failure could have a serious impact on international peace and security.
In addition to the candidacy for a permanent seat in the Security Council, the Prime Minister also said in today’s speech India would help the world fight the Koran virus pandemic.
“As the largest vaccine country, I want to give one more assurance to the world community today,” he said, adding, “India ‘s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all of humanity fight this crisis.”