New York: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is soon scheduled to host a special high-powered summit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. This is going to be Indian PM’s last official engagement in New York today.
The three nations, along with India, are together known as G-4 Group, countries which back each other’s wish for permanent seat at the UN Security Council. The Security Council, apart from being a powerful world body, is in charge of international peacekeeping and making changes in the UN charter.
“Today, will host a summit of G4 leaders on reforms of UNSC. Will then travel to San Jose & attend programmes there. http://n-m4.in/1VgAW1m ,” tweeted Modi.
India has become a strong contender for a permanent seat in an expanded Security Council, which is so far having five members – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
In his speech to the United Nations general Assembly on Friday, PM Modi stringly pitched for few reforms in the Security Council.
“We must reform the United Nations including its Security Council so that it carries greater credibility and legitimacy and will be more representative and effective in achieving our goals,” he said.
The UN General Assembly has already accepted a negotiating document for the reforms pending for a long time now in the powerful wing of the world body. The US, one of the council’s permanent members, has said it is committed to India’s inclusion as a permanent member.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji has clarified that the main focus of the G4 summit is to “build” on the UNGA’s adoption of the negotiating text on UNSC reforms.
“Our effort will be that by the end of the 70th session in September 2016, the final text should be tabled in the Assembly for adoption,” he had said.
Being the single largest contributor to the UN Peacekeeping operations, India is apparently going to demand an enhanced role in UN’s decision making process. PM Modi is expected to deliver an official statement on September 28 at the UN Peacekeeping Summit convened by US President Barack Obama in New York.