In a recent address at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, once again emphasized the pressing need for reforms within the United Nations (UN). Without explicitly naming India, EAM Jaishankar voiced his concerns about the absence of the world’s fifth-largest economy in the UN Security Council. He lamented that the UN’s credibility and effectiveness are compromised by this notable exclusion.
During his discussion at the Hudson Institute, EAM Jaishankar responded to India’s characterization as a reformist rather than a revisionist power. He underscored India’s commitment to climate action and its reliance on international financial institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, to support sustainable development goals. He highlighted the importance of revamping and rejuvenating institutions, including the United Nations, to make them more relevant and efficient.
The External Affairs Minister further criticized the current state of the United Nations during his address, emphasizing the absence of the most populous country, the fifth-largest economy, and an entire continent with over 50 countries from the UN Security Council. He argued that this exclusion diminishes the UN’s credibility and effectiveness. He emphasized India’s proactive approach to improving and enhancing global institutions rather than undermining them.
Earlier, in his speech at the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, EAM called for urgent reforms within the UN to ensure its continued relevance in the contemporary world. He emphasized that the issue of UN reform cannot remain unresolved and unchallenged.
He reiterated his commitment to a rules-based international order and called for greater inclusivity in shaping global norms. He expressed the belief that a fair, equitable, and democratic global order can emerge when nations collectively work toward this goal.
Addressing the changing world landscape, EAM Jaishankar noted the Western-centric nature of the existing global architecture. He stressed that India is non-Western but not anti-Western, highlighting the need for a more balanced and inclusive global framework.
EAM Jaishankar also discussed the evolving model of globalization over the past 25 years and the need for a form of “reglobalization” to address inherent risks and create a safer world.
The External Affairs Minister’s remarks came during the final phase of his U.S. visit, which included engagements in New York and Washington, D.C.
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