New Delhi – a place where Director Generals for UN Affairs of G-4 nations met
G-4 Director Generals for UN Affairs met on 11 February 2014 in New Delhi. During the meet, the four G-4 nations namely Brazil, Germany, India and Japan also conducted an Outreach Seminar on UNSC Reform on 12 February 2014.
During the meeting, the Director Generals (DGs) of the four nations exchanged their views on Security Council Reform. Similar such a meet was held on 26 September 2013 in New York on the sidelines of the 68th UN General Assembly.
The DGs of the four nations discussed the current state of play on UNSC reforms in New York as well as the way forward with the view to move the process urgently to text-based intergovernmental negotiations. For betterment of the geopolitical realities of the 21st Century they underlines the broad support that exists among UN member states for expansion of the UNSC in both permanent and non-permanent categories. This was done to make the council more representative, transparent and efficient. The DGs of the G-4 nations also stressed on a point that reforms will enhance effectiveness and credibility as well as the legitimacy of the decisions of UNSC.
The G-4 countries reiterated their commitments as aspiring new permanent members of the UN Security Council, as well as their support for each other’s candidatures. They also reaffirmed their view of the importance of developing countries, in particular Africa, to be represented in both the permanent and non-permanent categories of an enlarged Council.
They also agreed to continue their discussions leading up to the 2015 Summit, with Japan offering to host the next meeting in Tokyo. The G-4 nation DGs of also met External Affairs Minister of India, Salman Khurshid on 12 February 2014.
A one day Outreach Seminar on United Nations Security Council Reform: Perspectives and Prospects was organised by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses and Ministry of External Affairs on 12 February 2014.
Background of September 2013 meeting
The Foreign Ministers of the G-4 nations met in New York and stressed the need to intensify efforts to translate the commitments made in the Outcome of the 2005 World Summit into Concrete outcomes at latest by 2015.