MAKING ROOM AT THE
In the U.S. we have been lately hearing strong and justified
criticism of the effectiveness of the United Nations in
fulfilling its mission and management of the vast funds
generously provided by member nations. Even with a mixed
report card of its success in coordinating and implementing
humanitarian programs and projects, we can hardly dismiss
UN contribution to our education, inspiring compassion,
conscience, and concerns about our world in last 60 years.
Even with all its imperfections, the UN provides an important
forum to resolve differences among nations, attempts at
world stability, and peace.
To stay relevant, the UN needs major reform; its important
Security Council with fifteen members including the five
permanent members needs expansion to reflect the changing
global realities and a fair representation of Asia, South
America, and Africa. The addition of often mentioned countries
- Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan as permanent members,
with or without veto powers, would add a much-needed balance
to this prestigious body.
These "candidates" represent a combined population
of 1.5 billion; robust economies - an estimated $10 trillion
of GDP; literacy rate ranging from 59.5% for India; 86.4%
for Brazil; and 99% for Japan and Germany. These emerging
global players, each Federal Republic/Parliamentary style,
send an important message to member states; inspiration
to nations struggling with undemocratic and antiquated form
of governance in an increasingly interdependent world.
By making room and sharing burden of critical decisions
at the Security Council with additional responsible partners
with regional strengths, the United Nations may be better
able to serve the cause of peaceful coexistence among nations.
Kanwal Prakash "KP" Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana USA