Without comprehensive reforms reflecting today’s multilateral reality, the UN faces a crisis of confidence – and that’s why G4 countries including India, Japan and Germany have called for text-based negotiations within a fixed timeframe to urgently revamp the world body.
India has been a model global citizen, a founding member of the United Nations, is the world’s fifth largest economy, is home to one-sixth of humanity and contributes more troops to UN peacekeeping missions than all the P5 countries combined. These are just some of the reasons why it deserves a seat at the global high table.
India’s former permanent envoy to the UN calls for multilateral organisations to move with the spirit of the times and one important approach would be to adjust and adapt.
Overcoming the challenges of the future needs robust global institutions, with an underlying spirit of internationalism and solidarity. The world of 2030 needs a UN, IAEA or WTO – but with suitable reforms to reflect the needs of 21st century. India has a key role to play in the reforms process and subsequent global leadership.
The Indian Prime Minister’s September 2019 US visit, which concludes with an address to the UN General Assembly, is historic in many ways but there is a lot of real groundwork required to build on it and create a win-win India-US trade and investment partnership. The optics could not be any better – a first-of-its-kind and largest mass rally for a foreign leader in the southern American state of Texas, with President Donald Trump seen hand-in-hand with the visiting Indian [...]
The Indian government had taken a decisive stand in favour of Mauritius in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague, reflecting strong regional leadership. The United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ) recently dismissed the UK’s right to govern the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean and called on the government to withdraw from the archipelago. Mauritius had filed a claim in the ICJ demanding its right over the islands, an assertion which was backed by India during the legal [...]
In the wake of the recent clashes between India -Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly, a strategic expert analyses if status quo is the only realistic option available to both sides. The chances of India’s relationship with Pakistan being reset appear low for the foreseeable future. While most commentators on both sides are perfectly aware that their differences will only be resolved through dialogue, short-term political imperatives combined with the absence of any mutually-agreed means by which any dialogue [...]
Beyond the much-hyped clash with Pakistan, the 73rd United Nations General Assembly had a lot more on the cards for India. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj issued a rallying cry for reform during her address at the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of September. At its heart lay India’s long-standing demand for the UN Security Council to reflect the realities of the 21st century. "Reform cannot be cosmetic. We need to change the institution's head [...]
The Founder of Loomba Foundation explains why he is championing gender parity across all sectors around the Press for Progress theme of this year’s International Women’s Day. The recent World Economic Forum’s 2017 ‘Global Gender Gap’ report has exposed shocking results stating that gender parity is over 200 years away. There has never been a more important time to take this issue up and keep motivated for #PressforProgress. And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, one could [...]
The University of Birmingham explains the reasons behind setting up a new India Institute. Any university that claims to be world-class — as we at the University of Birmingham, in the world’s top 100 universities, do — cannot overlook India. It is the world's largest democracy: India ensures that one-sixth of humanity can cast their votes regularly in free and fair elections. It is a rising economic powerhouse. And it is one of the most important regional powers in Asia. [...]