Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday at the G4 Summit that he hosted made a strong pitch for reforms of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), saying that it would lend greater credibility and legitimacy to the Council. “The subject of reforms in UNSC has been the focus of global attention for decades, unfortunately without any progress so far ,” he said. Here are top 10 points he underlined:
1. Modi said that it is ‘unfortunate’ that no progress has been made in effecting UNSC reforms despite the issue being at the centre of global attention for decades.
2. Reform of the Security Council within a fixed time-frame has become an urgent and important task.
3. The Security Council must include world’s largest democracies.
4. UN should gear up to address the problems of the 21st century.
5. UNSC will carry greater credibility after reforms are implemented and be more effective in addressing challenges of the 21st century.
6. Trends in demography, urbanization and migrations are posing new global challenges.
7. Climate change and terrorism are new concerns.
8. Cyber and space have emerged as entirely new frontiers of opportunities and challenges.
9. Institutions, approaches, and often mindsets, reflect the wisdom of the century we have left behind, not the century we live in. This is especially true of the United Nations Security Council
10. We should aim to reform UNSC during its ongoing 70th session
After the G-4 deliberations, Prime Minister Modi will travel to San Jose, California, where he will visit Tesla Motors and meet top officials of IT companies, including Tim Cook (Apple Inc.), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Sundar Pichai (Google) and Shantanu Narayen (Adobe).