Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council reform: Joint Statement by Brazil, Germany, India and Japan

Apr 16, 2013

(Statement as prepared for delivery by Ambassador Wittig on behalf of Brazil, Germany, India and Japan at the 9th round of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council reform)

"Mr. Chairman,

I will make a statement on behalf of the G4 countries Brazil, Germany, India and Japan.

Thank you for convening this meeting which is long overdue.

More than half a year ago, the UN General Assembly unanimously decided to immediately continue intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform. We appreciate your genuine efforts to implement this mandate and we look forward to constructive discussions under your able leadership. Valuable time has passed since we last met in July last year. We need to redouble our efforts to achieve progress in this current session of the General Assembly.

Mr. Chairman, you have invited us today to suggest options for the way forward. We appreciate this results-oriented approach and we encourage you to structure the coming discussions during this round in the same spirit. Let us build on what we have achieved. Let us not try to reinvent the wheel. Let us move beyond a mere repetition of old statements and known positions. We need to focus on achieving concrete progress, and not get stuck in futile discussions over process.

Discussions held during the last round of the Intergovernmental Negotiations have shown a renewed sense of urgency to move forward towards real negotiations on Security Council reform. The strong support for a reform model anchored in an expansion in both categories of membership was yet again registered. You have adequately reflected this in your assessment of the discussion contained in your letter of 25 July 2012.

It is also no secret that frustration among member states is growing with the negligible progress achieved on this important agenda item. We share the view of the overwhelming majority of Member States that we have to move to real negotiations on comprehensive Security Council reform at the earliest. The time has come to finally move from words to action. We have repeatedly placed on record our determination to work toward this goal in close cooperation with Member States and in a spirit of flexibility.

Mr. Chairman, you have made useful and constructive proposals on how to achieve tangible progress and inject greater momentum. The proposals were circulated to all member states by the President of the 66th General Assembly on 27 July 2012. The General Assembly also took note of your proposals in its decision 66/556 of 13 September 2012, and noted with appreciation your active role and concrete efforts with a view to an early comprehensive reform of the Security Council.

Against this background, the agenda for this round of negotiations is clear: We should focus on your proposals in more detail. We should give you, our Chairman, the opportunity to share with member states your thoughts on these proposals, and we should jointly discuss how they could be made operational. This could be done, for instance, by discussing these proposals, one by one, in the coming sessions.

Mr. Chairman, we are convinced that the drafting of a “concise working document” could prove instrumental in focusing Member State efforts on finding common ground. It would need to reflect the discussions held during the negotiations as well as the essence of your updated negotiation text (Rev. 3). Such a document would finally help Member States to engage in real give-and-take negotiations on options that enjoy broad support.

We also look forward to hearing more from you on the idea of holding a high-level meeting on Security Council reform to inject greater political momentum into the reform process. Let us explore this idea in more detail.

Finally, Mr. Chairman, let me once again reiterate that the G4 countries have spared no effort in seeking to achieve tangible progress on Security Council reform. Rather than safeguarding the status quo, we continue to aim at moving the reform process forward. In so doing, we have received strong support from a large, cross-regional group of Member States from small and large, developing and developed countries alike. We continue to stand ready to engage with other like-minded stakeholders and groups, with whom we share the common cause in seeking early reforms of the Security Council.

Thank you."

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