Gordon Brown has begun secret talks with other world leaders on far-reaching reform of the United Nations Security Council as part of a drive to create a “new world order” and “global society”.
The Prime Minister is drawing up plans to expand the number of permanent members in a move that will provoke fears that the veto enjoyed by Britain could be diluted eventually. The United States, France, Russia and China also have a veto but the number of members could be doubled to include India, Germany, Japan, Brazil and one or two African nations.
Mr Brown has discussed a shake-up of a structure created in 1945 to reflect the world’s new challenges and power bases during his four-day trip to China and India. Last night, British sources revealed “intense discussions” on UN reform were under way and Mr Brown raised it whenever he met another world leader.
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PM urges world institution reform
21 January 2008, 09:12 GMT
Gordon Brown has called for reform of international institutions, including the United Nations and the World Bank, on the final day of his trip to India.
In a keynote speech in New Delhi, the prime minister said it was time to build a “new global society”.
He also called for the expansion of the UN Security Council – with a permanent seat for India – and a World Bank fund to combat global warming.
Later, he laid a wreath at a memorial to the Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi.
Rise of Asia
Mr Brown told business leaders in the Indian capital that to succeed, post-war international institutions “must be radically reformed to fit our world of globalisation”.
“We can and must do more to make our global institutions more representative and I support India’s bid for a permanent place, with others, on an expanded UN Security Council.”
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