PM Modi bats for UN reforms to 'mirror' current realities
PM Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for 'concrete and effective' outcome to meet the challenge even as he batted for reform of the UN Security Council.
Jaipur: Ahead of the global conference on climate change in Paris, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a strong pitch for "concrete and effective" outcome to meet the challenge even as he batted for reform of the UN Security Council to "mirror" current realities.
Hosting a summit of 14 island nations located in the strategically important Pacific region in Jaipur, he pushed for balancing the global order as he stressed the need for closer cooperation with these resource-rich countries.
In his inaugural address at the second summit of Forum for India Pacific Island Countries (FIPIC), Modi announced the establishment of the FIPIC Trade Office in the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi, while observing that "trade, more than aid, is the enabler for development".
"We are at the cusp of a new era, where oceans, like space, will become important drivers of our economies. Their sustainable use can bring prosperity; and, give us clean energy, new medicines and food security beyond just fisheries," he said.
"Our global challenges are similar. Climate change is an existential threat to the Pacific Islands. It is also taking a toll on the teaming millions on India’s shoreline of 7500 kilometres and its nearly 1300 islands,” he said.
Referring to the climate conference in Paris to be held later this year, Modi said, "We both seek a concrete and effective outcome."
He said India and the Pacific island nations should work together for a separate goal on climate change in the Sustainable Development Goals, and in a manner that addresses the interests of developing countries.
Advocating the need for reform of the UN, the Prime Minister asserted that the global body must keep pace with the changing time as the world today is a different place seven decades after the United Nations was created.
"The United Nations is at a historic milestone of its 70th anniversary. I have written to all member states on charting the course for the United Nations for the years ahead.
"Seven decades after the United Nations was created, the world is a different place. We have four times as many nations. We have new challenges like climate change. We have new frontiers like space and ocean. We live in a globalised world with a transformed economy in a digital age. The United Nations must keep pace with the changing world," Modi said.
Emphasising the need for reforms in the UN Security Council to ensure its relevance and effectiveness in the 21st century, Modi sought support of the island nations for reforming it.
India, he said, will support the realisation of vision of the island countries for Pacific Regionalism.
He called it a "shining example" of cooperative regionalism that should inspire others around the world.
Acknowledging the strategic importance of the pacific nations, he said that the centre of gravity of global opportunities and challenges was shifting to the Pacific and Indian Ocean Region and held out the assurance that India will stand with them at international forums.
"Your voice of support for India’s permanent membership of the Security Council will give the United Nations the global character and balance that mirrors our age," he said.
The Prime Minister said, "India stands shoulder to shoulder with you for a dedicated seat for SIDS (Small Island Developing States) in an expanded and reformed UN Security Council in both categories."
Noting that India and the pacific island countries can enrich each other through bilateral and regional cooperation, Modi also suggested building of closer partnership in pursuit of shared aims in the WTO.
Calling for deeper engagement between India and the island nations, the Prime Minister said, "Some of you have Exclusive Economic Zones that are larger than the landmass and Exclusive Economic Zone of India taken together."
Terming climate change as "an existential threat" to the Pacific Islands, he said the challenge must be dealt with effectively.
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