Proactive steps required to revamp UNSC, says India

RSTV Bureau

To deal with the changed global scenario on terror and extremism, the UN Security council needs more than just the minor set of reforms, said India. “Proactive” steps are required to revamp the global body to meet the challenges posed by the “creaking and crumbling” world, India’s Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin has said.

“The aging pillars of a creaking and crumbling post World War II order are not amenable to improvement by minor stabs of modest reform at the margins,” he said in a statement.

Underlining that the world is in a state of “flux”, Akbaruddin said anxiety has been generated by large movements of people fleeing extreme levels of armed conflict and brutality across continents.

There is a demand for much closer and more effective multilateralism as with a rise in threats of nuclear escalation, armed conflict and massive refugee flow, India said.

“While we have created a community of mutual dependence, we are yet to create one of mutual trust and respect. Multilateralism itself would seem to be in retreat,” he said at the debate on the annual report on the work of the UN.

File photo of Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN.addressing media  on Monday,

File photo of Syed Akbaruddin, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN.addressing media on Monday,

Pitching that India was ready to work with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN members in
“finding a pathway to a more lasting peace and prosperity for all”, Akbaruddin said that collective action “to proactively strive for peace, justice and order” was needed.

Besides, the Indian permanent representative also warned that if the UN waited for “dramatic crises” to force it to confront the challenges, “we do so at the cost of deepening the crisis of relevance and performance of the UN in particular, as well as the legitimacy and effectiveness of multilateralism in general”.

India and a large number of countries believe that the current United Nations and its powerful Security Council do not reflect the ground realities of the 21st century.

“If we are to not remain prisoners of historical destiny for all times to come; if we are to keep pace with fast-moving threats we face, we need to go beyond piecemeal changes. If not, we will be condemned to global governance in pieces too,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)