L.69 The Group of Nations is committed to injecting ‘new life’ into efforts to achieve UNSC reform

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New York, Sep 23 (PTI): The L.69 group of countries from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific has committed to inject “new life” into their efforts to achieve reform in the UN Security Council.

The panel underscored that the lack of progress in implementation has serious implications not only for the continued relevance of global governance institutions, but also for global peace and security.

On the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, a high-level meeting of members of the L69 Group and other invited like-minded countries was held on Friday under the theme ‘Reviving Diversity and Achieving Comprehensive Reform of the UN Security Council’. .

Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar convened the meeting chaired by St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves.

In a joint statement, the group reaffirmed the need for “urgent and comprehensive” reform of the Security Council, a key organ for international peace and security, to adapt the United Nations to contemporary global realities.

The L69 group reiterated that expansion of the Security Council, both permanent and non-permanent, and reform of its working methods were “vital”.

“We pledge to breathe new life into our efforts during the 77th session of the General Assembly and urgently call on all United Nations member states to join hands to achieve comprehensive reform of the Security Council,” the group said in a statement. They reaffirm their commitment to achieving concrete progress in the UNSC, including through a reformed intergovernmental process.

“We further recognize that the lack of progress on Security Council reform has serious implications not only for the continued relevance of global governance institutions, but also for global peace and security and the delivery of the objectives, principles and promises of the United Nations Charter,” the statement said.

At a time when the world is facing increasingly complex and interconnected global challenges, the noted group of world leaders gathering for a high-level UN General Assembly recognizes the urgent need for reform and effective multilateralism for a resilient world. Challenges of its time, development challenges, poverty, climate change, pandemics, global food security, international conflicts and crises and international terrorism.

Insisting that a legitimate Security Council should reflect the aspirations and perspectives of the developing countries that make up the majority of UN members, the reformed Security Council should better reflect contemporary UN membership, including underrepresentation. Island developing states, which account for about 20 percent of the membership.

The Committee also reaffirmed its support for Africa’s representation in line with the Common African Position as contained in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration.

It emphasized the need for a formal negotiation process, consistent with the decision-making and working methods set forth in the United Nations Charter and the rules and procedures of the General Assembly.

The meeting commemorated the 15th anniversary of the founding of the L.69 Group of reform-promoting member states, including primarily developing countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, united by a common desire to achieve a comprehensive reform. Security Council and, ultimately, strengthening multilateralism.

Group L.69 currently led by St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bhutan, Brazil, Bolivia, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Liberia, Maldives, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Seychelles, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. PTI YAS NSD

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