UN’s small step a big move for Delhi’s bid for Council seat

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

Akhran da mureed
Staff member
India’s quest to find a place in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) remained on course with the UN General Assembly agreeing to carry forward a text on UNSC reforms, a move allowing negotiations on the basis of a text.
“The Government of India welcomes the decision by the UN General Assembly to carry forward the text presented by the President of the General Assembly on the issue of Security Council reforms. This is a significant development as after more than two decades of discussions, we can now commence text-based negotiations. Adoption of this text by consensus by all UN member states is reflective of the broad support of the international community to move forward on this issue,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement issued here.
The government said it deeply appreciates the leadership of President of the 69th session of the General Assembly Sam Kutesa and Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) process Courtenay Rattray in carrying forward the inter-government parleys towards text-based negotiation process.
“We look forward to early commencement of text-based negotiations with a view to securing concrete outcomes during the 70th session of the UNGA. We call upon all member states to constructively engage in this process so that the long-pending reform of the UN Security Council can be achieved so as to equip the council to more effectively address the global challenge,” the ministry said.
India, Brazil, Germany and Japan make up for the G-4 countries who hope to find a place on the expanded UNSC. For Kutesa, today was the last day in office as the President of the UNGA.
There was no voting on the decision to continue text-based UNSC reforms in the 70th session of the General Assembly and it was adopted by consensus.