Senior BJP leader L K Advani has made a strong case for reform of the UN Security Council, emphasising that it should be expanded to include nations willing to share responsibility of combating global threats like terrorism and piracy and help in maintaining security. Advani stressed on the need for addressing the deficit in global governance, noting that the 15-nation Council with a “structure and a set of governing norms that harkens back to the realities of the late 1940s” is an “anachronism”.
“A reformed Council must include countries that are willing to bear additional burdens relating to the maintenance of international peace and security and be able to sustain worldwide campaigns against new and emerging global threats including terrorism and piracy,” Advani told a session on ‘Revitalisation of the work of the General Assembly’. He said the Security Council needs to be expanded in both the permanent and non-permanent categories in order to make it reflective of current geopolitical realities. Given the political upheaval in West Asia and North Africa and financial crisis, he said that global responses to these most challenging socio-political and economic crises of the last 50 years cannot be “patchy and half-hearted.”
“The process should begin at the UN and must be guided by a sense of urgency,” said Advani, who is leading a group of visiting Indian Parliamentarians to attend sessions of the UN General Assembly. The senior BJP leader also made a strong appeal for revitalisation of the 193-member General Assembly to change it from a “mere talk shop” to a place where “transnational issues that impact each and every one of us are addressed swiftly and truly global solutions prescribed.” Advani pointed out that India believes the General Assembly can be revitalized only when its position as the chief deliberative, policy-making and representative organ of the UN is respected both in letter and spirit.
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