Over 60 million affected by UNSC malfunctioning: India

SansadTV Bureau

UN2India has once again made a strong pitch for the reforms in United Nations Security Council. Terming the global body as “ineffective”, India opined that the Security Council may have not been as effective in dealing with current world challenges. The Indian permanent mission to UN further added that the UN body’s “malfunctioning” has affected over 60 million people and resulted in huge human and economic costs in terms of wars and conflicts.

“We note that an ineffective Security Council has meant huge human, economic and environmental costs in terms of wars and conflicts, which the international community cannot justify,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Asoke Mukerji said in United Nations on Friday.

“The figures speak for themselves, especially the single biggest statistic of more than 60 million people affected by the malfunctioning of the Security Council,” Mr. Mukerji said during the General Debate of the General Assembly on ‘Question of equitable representation and increase in the membership of the Security Council’.

Asoke Mukerji also emphasised that the international community’s work on UNSC reform cannot be seen in “isolation” as some kind of academic exercise which has no relation to the world.

“The very fact that our leaders, unanimously, adopted the most ambitious Agenda 2030 to eradicate poverty from the face of the earth within one generation gives our work a context and framework,” he said adding, “the longer we delay in reforming the Security Council, the more pressure we put on the successful implementation of Agenda 2030, especially for developing countries.”

The debate was convened by UN General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft days ahead of the commencement of the next round of Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) under a new chair – Luxembourg’s envoy to the UN Sylvie Lucas. This will be the first round of IGN talks after the UN General Assembly had last month adopted by consensus a negotiating text that would form the basis of further talks on the reform process.

India’s candidature as a permanent member of a reformed and expanded Security Council was supported by permanent member the UK as well as by France.

(With inputs from the PTI)