Russia, China support aspirations of India, Brazil: UNSC
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Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010, 18:25
  
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.

reiterated the 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 financial crisis.

"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.

PTI


First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010, 18:25


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