External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Thursday called on BRICS nations to demonstrate their sincerity in reforming multilateral institutions, including that of the UN Security Council.
India has been at the forefront of the UN to push for an urgent long-pending reform of the Security Council.
"For two decades, we have heard calls for reform of multilateral institutions, only to be continuously disappointed. It is, therefore, imperative that BRICS members demonstrate sincerity in regard to reforming global decision-making, including that of the UN Security Council," he said in his opening remarks at the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting here.
The five-nation grouping BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) brings together five of the largest developing countries of the world.
Mr. Jaishankar said that at the heart of the problems the countries faced was the economic concentration that left too many nations at the mercy of too few.
"This may be in regard to production, resources, services or connectivity," he said, adding that the recent experiences impacting health, energy and food security, only highlighted this fragility.
He said India, the current chair of the G20, undertook the voice of the Global South exercise to place these issues before the grouping.
"We urge that BRICS gives it particular consideration and promotes the economic decentralisation that is so essential to political democratisation," he said.
India has emphasised that it rightly deserves a place at the UN high table as a permanent member.
The five permanent members of the UNSC are Russia, the United Kingdom, China, France and the United States and these countries can veto any substantive resolution.
There are also 10 elected non-permanent members who serve two-year terms. India completed its tenure as a non-permanent member of the Council in December last year.
China last month, maintained its stance on the UN Security Council reforms, saying there should be more representation for developing countries, especially the small and medium countries, but avoided a direct response to India and other countries' call for its expansion and their inclusion.
Mr. Jaishankar, during his trip to Sweden last month, took a dig at those opposing the UN reforms, saying beneficiaries of the old system were resistant to that change as they felt it would "dilute" their positions of privilege.
“We urge that BRICS gives it particular consideration and promotes the economic decentralisation that is so essential to political democratisation”S. Jaishankar External Affairs Minister