India, G4 partners reaffirm 'unwavering commitment' to UNSC reforms

United Nations, Sep 24: The G4 nations, including India, at a meeting on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, have reaffirmed "unwavering commitment" to reforms in the UN Security Council (UNSC) reflecting the realities of the 21st century. "The G4 Ministers underscored their unwavering commitment to a comprehensive reform of the Security Council which needs to take into account the geopolitical realities of the 21st century," a joint statement issued following the meeting on Friday said. "More than 70 years after the founding of the UN, the Security Council also has to adapt in order to cope with the ever growing global challenges," the statement said. "With a view to the manifold conflicts and humanitarian crises, a more representative, legitimate and effective Council is needed more than ever to guarantee peace and security worldwide." The G4 nations -- India, Japan, Germany and Brazil -- are seeking permanent membership in the UNSC. While Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar represented India in the meeting, Brazil was represented by its Foreign Minister Jose Serra, Germany by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and Japan by Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. According to the statement, the ministers welcomed meetings of the Group of Friends on Security Council Reform, which brought together high-level representatives of member states from diverse regions aiming at pushing forward Security Council reforms. "In this regard, they called upon all reform-oriented member states to join efforts and finally bring about meaningful reform," it said.