India’s Bid to a Permanent Seat at United Nations

Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) at UNSC


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: IGN, UNSC

Mains level: India's agenda at UNSC

Seeking urgent reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), India has highlighted the failure of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) since 13 years of its establishment.

Note various countries in the various groups.

What is the news?

  • India, along with Brazil, Japan and Germany are pressing for urgent reform of the UNSC and for a permanent seat in the reformed 15-member top organ of the world body.
  • India has said that the UNSC is finding itself unable to act effectively to address increasingly complex issues of international peace and security.
  • The UNSC lacks inclusivity of those who need to be members of the powerful organ of the world body.

What is IGN?

  • The Intergovernmental Negotiations framework or IGN is a group of nation-states working within the United Nations to further reform of the UNSC.
  • The IGN is composed of several different international organizations, namely:
  1. African Union (55 member states)
  2. G4 nations (Brazil, Germany, India and Japan)
  3. Uniting for Consensus Group (UfC), also known as the “Coffee Club” (it aims to counter the bids for permanent seats proposed by G4 nations, includes Pakistan, Turkey, Canada, Spain and Italy)
  4. L69 Group of Developing Countries ( it includes developing countries from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific)
  5. Arab League (six members: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria) and
  6. Caribbean Community ( a group of 15 member countries called CARICOM)

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