India pitches for UNSC reforms
United Nations, September 25
Amid India’s strong bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for reform of the powerful world body to make it “broad-based”, saying it is essential to maintain its credibility and legitimacy in the current world realities.
Addressing the UN General Assembly soon after it adopted the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, he also underlined the need for ensuring “climate justice” while pursuing these targets so as to ensure protection to the poor. “Seventy years back, when the horrific second World War came to an end, this organisation came into being, raising hopes of people around the world.
We have gathered here to decide a new direction,” he told the gathering of world leaders. “We must reform the UN and the Security Council. This is essential so that the institutions have greater credibility and legitimacy. With a broad-based representation, we will be more effective in achieving our goals,” Modi said.
His pitch for making the UNSC broad-based comes amidst India’s strong bid for a permanent seat in the expanded five-member world body. Modi asserted that the global challenges like climate change and sustainable development are the collective responsibility of all nations as no nation can be immune to any kind of threat.