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Member countries express concern about crisis in Ukraine at 10th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting

They even agreed that the current composition of the UN Security Council no longer reflects the realities of the contemporary world and that reforming the UNSC is critical.

Member countries express concern about crisis in Ukraine at 10th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Ukraine. (File)

Member countries at the 10th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Trilateral Ministerial Commission, India, Brazil and South Africa, have jointly voiced concern at the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, reiterating their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in Ukraine.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar hosted the 10th India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting along with Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Carlos Alberto Franco França and Dr Joe Phaahla, Minister of Health of the Republic of South Africa on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session here.

“The ministers expressed serious concern at the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. They reiterated their call for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the need to pursue the path of diplomacy and dialogue. They emphasised that the current global order is anchored on international law, the UN Charter, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states,” according to a joint statement issued after the 10th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission Meeting.

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The IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) has emerged as a key tripartite grouping for the promotion of cooperation in a range of areas.

The three leaders also emphasised that while a comprehensive reform of the United Nations system remains a crucial international undertaking, the advancing of the reform of the Security Council should remain an urgent and top priority, the statement said.

They even agreed that the current composition of the UN Security Council no longer reflects the realities of the contemporary world and that reforming the UNSC is critical.

On climate change, they reaffirmed their commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement. They urged all countries to work together for the implementation of the Paris Agreement based on the principles of the UNFCCC.

The leaders underscored the importance of the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and highlighted the need to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, it added.

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They urged the developed countries to fully honour their Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitments and for providing new and additional financing and the means of implementation of the SDGs, the statement read.

The eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, must be aligned with national efforts and international cooperation as it represents the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, they acknowledged.

The member countries have also expressed concern over the continuing public health, social and economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic globally and especially in the countries of the Global South and called for better international preparedness to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and other current and future health challenges, including through mobilisation of political and popular support, as well as necessary financial and technological resources.

The leaders also appreciated the significant progress achieved in the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and called for further cooperation among the various stakeholders to ensure the timely availability of a diversified portfolio of vaccines to all those who need it, at affordable prices, it said.

They called on all countries, international agencies, and philanthropic organisations to procure vaccines and boosters from manufacturers in developing countries, including in Africa and among the BRICS countries.

India will be hosting the sixth IBSA Summit on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in November 2022.

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