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India and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

The General Assembly elected India along with Colombia, Germany, Portugal and South Africa to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January 2011.


The General Assembly elected India along with Colombia, Germany, Portugal and South Africa to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January 2011.


French position

France wants the Security Council to adapt to the realities of the 21st century. It should remain the decision-making organ responsible for “the maintenance of international peace and security,” ensuring the Organization’s "prompt and effective action”, in accordance with the United Nations Charter (Article 24-1). It should better represent today’s world, while remaining capable of taking the necessary measures to confront the security challenges of the 21st century.

France is in favour of an expanded number of permanent and non-permanent seats in the Security Council, so that its composition takes into account the emergence of new powers that possess the willingness and capacity to assume significant responsibilities.

France supports the accession of India to permanent member status.

Statement by the French President on the occasion of his working visit to India (6 december) :

"India is a major strategic partner for France. Strategic on the political level : France believes that none of the world’s great issues can be resolved without India’s participation at the highest level. India is a democracy. India represents a sixth of the world’s population. India is an example of economic success, even though there’s still, of course, a great deal of poverty on your continent. France wants to help you, but France doesn’t believe India today holds its rightful place in global governance. That’s why France is campaigning for a reform of the Security Council which would allow India to become a permanent member. It’s not simply a question of India’s interests, it’s a question of global equilibrium. You can’t exclude a billion inhabitants from resolving the world’s great issues. France isn’t ignoring the fact that India has been elected to the Security Council, but the question France asks is whether, after the two years of India’s mandate, the international community should be asking India to be quiet. India’s role is to be a permanent member."


Prospects : Reform of the United Nations Security Council

The reform of the Security Council is the most visible aspect of the reform of the United Nations which has been on the agenda for many years. France believes the Council should be expanded to include new permanent members in order to adapt to the realities of the 21st century.


For further information visit the official website of the permanent mission of France to the United Nations in New York. Click here


publie le 13 juin 2012

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