UNSC reforms is next on PM Modi’s agenda

SansadTV Bureau

modi in usWith a packed schedule in the US, the next item on PM Modi’s agenda is the crucial meet with the G-4 nations, in which he will push for a common strategy to bring about UNSC reforms.

The meeting with leaders of Germany, Brazil and Japan, which is being hosted by India, will be “very substantive and significant” in pushing for early UN Security Council reforms. This comes in the wake of the UN General Assembly adopting a decision to commence text-based negotiations on the long-pending reforms.

The crucial G-4 summit on September 26 will be the first since 2004 and will bring together German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The high-level summit “conveys its own message that the G-4 nations can play a role in galvanizing broad based support for the outcome of the negotiations which will start in November this year,” said India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji.

“We regard this very very substantive and very significant especially in the light of the fact that the UNGA recently passed a decision calling for text-based negotiations and presenting a text on the basis of which the negotiations on the Inter-governmental format can take place,” External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters.

The main focus of the summit is to “build” on the UNGA’s adoption of a negotiating text on UNSC reforms and “the leaders will decide during that meeting on the way forward,” Mukerji said.

PM Modi had called for a concrete outcome on the reforms by the end of the 70th UNGA session which expires next September.

Other than the crucial G-4 meet in New York, PM Modi will also address global heads of state at the landmark UN Sustainable Development Summit hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, where the new and ambitious post-2015 development agenda will be adopted. PM Modi wants to bring forward India’s position at this summit and wants India to be a key stakeholder at the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.

After this the PM heads to the Silicon Valley, where he will interact with top CEOs and address the Indian diaspora. Here, the PM intends to tap the potential of the Indian community to invest in the start-ups back home. Modi will be in the tech headquarters of the world in California between September 26-27.

Post his 2-day California trip, PM Modi will return to New York on September 28 for a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama and also attend a high-level Peacekeeping Summit at the United Nations. At the Peacekeeping Summit, the Prime Minister is expected to seek an enhanced role for peacekeeping contributing countries like India.

The Peacekeeping Summit will also be attended by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The summit will provide a forum for the leaders of India and Pakistan to come face-to-face. But however, both leaders are unlikely to have a bilateral meeting.

“As of now there is nothing, no bilateral meeting on the schedule,” External Affairs spokesperson, Vikas Swarup clarified.

(With inputs from PTI)