Brasilia: Reaffirming the need for a
comprehensive reform of the United Nations to make it "more
effective and efficient", Russia and China Friday said they
understand and support the aspirations of India and Brazil to
play a greater role in the world body.
The BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India and China
-- also expressed their strong commitment to multilateral
diplomacy with the United Nations playing the central role in
dealing with global challenges and threats.
In a joint communique issued after the Summit,
the four countries said they reaffirm the need for a
comprehensive reform of the UN, with a view to making it more
effective, efficient and representative, so that it can deal
with today's global challenges more effectively.
"We reiterate the importance we attach to the status
of India and Brazil in international affairs, and understand
and support their aspirations to play a greater role in the
United Nations," the joint communique said.
importance of the UN Millennium Declaration and the need to
achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
"We underscore the importance of preventing a
potential setback to the efforts of poor countries aimed at
achieving MDGs due to the effects of the economic and
"We should also make sustained efforts to achieve the
MDGs by 2015, including through technical cooperation and
financial support to poor countries in implementation of
development policies and social protection for their
populations," the joint communique said.
The four countries said they expect the UN MDG Summit
in September 2010 to promote the implementation of MDGs
through policy recommendations.
"We stress that sustainable development models and
paths of developing countries should be fully respected and
necessary policy space of developing countries should be
guaranteed," they said.
Noting that poorest countries have been the hardest
hit by the economic and financial crisis, the communique said
the commitments regarding the aid to the developing states,
especially those related to the MDGs, should be fulfilled, and
there should be no reduction in development assistance.
"An inclusive process of growth for the world economy
is not only a matter of solidarity but also an issue of
strategic importance for global political and economic
stability," they said.
The four countries also called upon the international
community to make all the necessary efforts to fight poverty,
social exclusion and inequality bearing in mind the special
needs of developing countries, especially LDCs, small islands
and African Countries.
"We support technical and financial cooperation as
means to contribute to the achievement of sustainable social
development, with social protection, full employment, and
decent work policies and programmes, giving special attention
to the most vulnerable groups, such as the poor, women, youth,
migrants and persons with disabilities," they said.
They also expressed their confidence in the success of
the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the 2010 Commonwealth Games
in New Delhi, the 2013 World Student Games in Kazan, the 2014
Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, the FIFA 2014
World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games
in Rio de Janeiro.
First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010, 18:25