DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS ANALYSIS
18 JUNE 2022
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|Reforms needed in UNSC
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|Pragati Maidan Corridor
|Prelims Specific Topic
1 – BRICS:
- The 14th BRICS summit — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – will be held via video link in Beijing on June 23, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
- The abbreviation BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, a grouping of the world’s leading emerging economies.
- Every year, the BRICS Leaders’ Summit is held.
- BRICS is not a formal organisation; rather, it is an annual summit between the leaders of five countries.
- According to the formula B-R-I-C-S, the chairmanship of the forum is rotated annually among the members.
- Over the last decade, BRICS cooperation has grown to include an annual programme of over 100 sectoral meetings.
- Important Characteristics
- BRICS accounts for over 40% of the world’s population and 30% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), making it an important economic engine.
- It’s a global power bloc and a burgeoning investment market.
- The name “BRICS” was coined in 2001 by Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill in a report on the growth prospects for the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, which combined accounted for a major portion of global production and population.
- The four countries began an annual informal diplomatic cooperation in 2006, with Foreign Ministers meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly’s General Debate (UNGA).
- Following this positive encounter, it was decided that the debate would take place at the level of Heads of State and Government at yearly Summits.
- In 2009, the Russian Federation hosted the first BRIC Summit, which focused on themes such as global financial architecture reform.
- In December 2010, South Africa was asked to join BRIC, and the group’s acronym was changed to BRICS. In March 2011, South Africa attended the Third BRICS Summit in Sanya, China.
- For more sustainable, equitable, and mutually beneficial development, the BRICS aspire to deepen, broaden, and accelerate collaboration within the grouping and among individual nations.
- To guarantee that interactions are established on the respective country’s economic strengths and to prevent competition whenever possible, BRICS takes into account each member’s growth, development, and poverty objectives.
- BRICS is establishing itself as a new and promising political-diplomatic body with a wide range of goals that extend far beyond the basic goal of overhauling global financial institutions.
- Cooperation Domains:
- Cooperation in the Economic Sector:
- Trade and investment flows between BRICS countries are quickly increasing, as are economic cooperation efforts in a variety of industries.
- Economic and trade cooperation, innovation cooperation, customs cooperation, strategic cooperation between the BRICS Business Council, contingent reserve agreement, and the New Development Bank all have agreements in place.
- These agreements help to achieve the common goals of strengthening economic cooperation and promoting integrated trade and investment markets.
- Interaction between people:
- The need to strengthen People-to-People interactions and create closer collaboration in the areas of culture, sport, education, cinema, and youth has been recognised by BRICS members.
- In the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, variety, and mutual learning, people-to-people interactions aim to establish new connections, develop relations, and mutual understanding between BRICS peoples.
- The Young Diplomats Forum, Parliamentarian Forum, Trade Union Forum, Civil BRICS, and Media Forum are examples of people-to-people encounters.
Cooperation in the Political and Security Spheres:
- The goal of BRICS member countries’ political and security cooperation is to achieve peace, security, development, and cooperation in order to make the world a more equitable and fair place.
- BRICS offers chances for policy advice and best practise exchanges on domestic and regional issues, as well as pushing the restructuring of the global political architecture to make it more balanced, based on the pillar of multilateralism.
- South Africa’s foreign policy initiatives, such as the promotion of the African Agenda and South-South Cooperation, are driven by BRICS.
- Mechanism of Cooperation:
- The following methods are used to achieve member cooperation:
- Track I: Official diplomatic relations between national governments.
- Track II: Government-affiliated organisations, such as state-owned businesses and business councils, are used to engage people.
- Civil society and People-to-People involvement is the third track.
- The BRICS Group’s Impact on Global Institutional Reforms
- The financial crisis of 2008 were the catalyst for the BRIC nations to begin cooperating. The crises cast doubt on the dollar-dominated monetary system’s long-term viability.
- “Multilateral institutions must be reform[ed] to reflect structural changes in the international economy and the increasingly central role that emerging markets currently play,” the BRICs said.
- The BRICs were successful in pushing for institutional reform, which resulted in quota reform at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2010. As a result of the financial crises, western legitimacy was temporarily eroded, allowing the BRIC countries to become “agenda setters” in multilateral institutions.
- A new development bank has been established:
- Shanghai is the headquarters of NDB.
- The prospect of establishing a new Development Bank was discussed at the Fourth BRICS Summit in New Delhi (2012) to mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging economies, as well as in developing nations.
- The presidents signed the Agreement establishing the New Development Bank during the Sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, in 2014. (NDB).
- The NDB will boost BRICS cooperation and augment the efforts of international and regional financial institutions for global development, according to the Fortaleza Declaration, contributing to sustainable and balanced growth.
- Clean energy, transportation infrastructure, irrigation, sustainable urban development, and economic cooperation among member nations are among the NDB’s primary areas of work.
- The NDB is based on a consultation framework among the BRICS countries, with equal rights for all members.
- Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) is a type of contingency reserve
- In 2014, the BRICS states signed the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) as part of the Fortaleza Declaration at the Sixth BRICS Summit, in response to the increasing frequency of global financial crises.
- The BRICS CRA aims to give members with short-term liquidity support through currency swaps in order to help mitigate the BOP problem and strengthen financial stability.
- The CRA’s initial overall pledged resources will be one hundred billion dollars from the US Treasury (USD 100 billion).
- It would also help to enhance the global financial safety net and supplement current international agreements (IMF).
- The BRICS have a hurdle as it moves forward because to the dominance of the big three countries of Russia, China, and India. BRICS must become pan-continental in order to truly represent huge emerging markets around the world. Its membership should include more countries from different continents and areas.
- For the BRICS to become more relevant in the global system, they will need to broaden their agenda. Climate change and infrastructure development finance are currently at the top of the agenda.
- As the five member countries pursue their own national agendas, BRICS’ core ideals, such as respect for sovereign equality and pluralism in global governance, are likely to be put to the test.
- The military standoff between India and China on the Doklam plateau has effectively put an end to the foolish concept that a peaceful political relationship between the BRICS countries is always conceivable.
- China’s ambitions to co-opt nation states, which are crucial to its Belt and Road Initiative, into a bigger political arrangement could lead to confrontation among BRICS members, particularly between China and India.
- India’s Importance:
- India may benefit from the BRICS’ combined strength by consulting and cooperating on economic matters of mutual concern, as well as current global issues like international terrorism, climate change, food and energy security, global governance reforms, and so on.
- India’s admission in the NSG is still being discussed with the other BRICS countries.
- The NDB will assist India in raising and obtaining money for infrastructure and long-term development initiatives. The NDB has authorised its first series of loans, including a $250 million credit to India under the Multitranche Financing Facility for Renewable Energy Financing Scheme.
- Next Steps:
- In its first decade, BRICS did a good job of identifying issues of shared interest and creating channels to address them.
- In order for BRICS to remain relevant over the next decade, each of its members must examine the initiative’s prospects and constraints realistically.
- The BRICS countries must rethink their strategy and recommit to their basic values. The BRICS must reaffirm their commitment to a multi-polar world that allows for sovereign equality and democratic decision-making in order to resolve power imbalances within the group and globally.
- They must build on the NDB’s achievements by investing in more BRICS institutions. It would be beneficial for BRICS to establish an institutional research wing, similar to the OECD, to provide answers that are more suitable to the emerging world.
- BRICS countries should pursue a BRICS-led effort to satisfy their climate change commitments and the UN’s sustainable development goals. For example, a BRICS energy alliance and an energy policy organisation may be established.
- The NDB, in collaboration with other development finance organisations, could be a powerful instrument for financing progress toward the BRICS countries’ sustainable development goals.
- The idea of establishing a BRICS Credit Rating Agency (BCRA), as advocated by India, as an alternative to Western credit rating agencies such as Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, could be on the BRICS future agenda.
- Source – The Hindu
2 – Emergency Provisions:
- removing chapters on protests and social movements, including those led by the Narmada Bachao Andolan, Dalit Panthers, and Bharatiya Kisan Union, removing references to the 2002 Gujarat riots, dropping passages dealing with the Emergency’s draconian impact on people and institutions, and removing references to the Narmada Bachao Andolan, Dalit Panthers, and Bharatiya Kisan Union. Since the NDA administration took office in 2014, these are some of the most significant modifications in social science school textbooks.
- In India, a state of emergency is a period of government that can be declared by the President of India in particular emergency situations. Many articles of the Constitution, which provide Fundamental Rights to Indian people, can be overruled by the President on the advice of his cabinet of ministers.
- Part XVIII of the Indian Constitution, from Article 352 to 360, contains the emergency provisions. These rules enable the central government to properly respond to any unusual event.
- The incorporation’s rationale is to protect the country’s sovereignty, unity, integrity, and security, as well as the democratic political system and the Constitution.
- There are three categories of emergency listed in the Constitution:
- National Emergency
- Emergency Emergency
- Financial Emergency
- National Emergency:
- War, external attack, or armed insurrection can all trigger a national emergency. The term
- ‘proclamation of emergency’ is used in the Constitution to describe such a situation.
- Declaratory grounds:
- When the security of India or a part of it is threatened by war, external attack, or armed insurrection, the president can proclaim a national emergency under Article 352.
- Even before a war, armed insurrection, or external aggression occurs, the President can declare a national emergency.
- An ‘Foreign Emergency’ is announced when a national emergency is declared due to ‘war’ or ‘external attack.’ Internal Emergency, on the other hand, is what it’s called when it’s declared because of ‘armed rebellion.’
- The term “armed revolt” was added by the 44th amendment. Internal disturbance was the previous word for it.
- For example, openly admitting that India and Pakistan will use armed forces against one other is simply war.
- External aggression occurs when there is no public statement that armed forces will be utilised against a country.
- And if an emergency is declared as an external emergency for these two reasons.
- The declaration of a national emergency is not subject to judicial scrutiny under the 38th Amendment Act of 1975. This clause, however, was later repealed by the 44th Amendment Act of 1978.
- The Supreme Court concluded in the Minerva Mills case (1980) that a declaration of national emergency can be challenged in court if it is based on entirely extraneous and irrelevant circumstances.
- Approval by the legislature and duration:
- Within one month after its issuance, the proclamation of emergency must be adopted by both houses of parliament.
- If the proclamation of emergency is issued while the Lok Sabha is dissolved, or if the dissolution occurs during a period of one month without the proclamation being approved, the proclamation is valid for 30 days from the first sitting of the Lok Sabha after its reconstitution, assuming the Rajya Sabha has approved it in the interim.
- The Emergency lasts for six months if both chambers agree, and it can be prolonged indefinitely with the agreement of the Parliament every six months.
- Every resolution approving the proclamation of emergency or its continuation must be ratified by a special majority in both Houses of Parliament.
- Proclamation revocation:
- A President’s proclamation of emergency can be withdrawn at any moment by a future proclamation. A proclamation like this does not need to be approved by the legislature.
- If the Lok Sabha votes a resolution disapproving of the emergency’s continuation, it must be revoked.
- The consequences of a national emergency:
- A declaration of emergency has far-reaching and far-reaching consequences for the political system. These effects can be divided into three categories:
- Effects on the relationship between the centre and the state: While an Emergency Proclamation is in effect, the typical fabric of the Centre-State relationship changes fundamentally. This can be broken down into three categories:
- Executive: The Centre gains the authority to issue executive directives to a state on “any” concern.
- Legislative: The parliament gains the authority to enact laws on any subject listed on the state list; if the parliament is not in session, the president can issue state-related ordinances. The laws passed by the parliament on state subjects become ineffective six months after the emergency has ended.
- Financial: The president has the power to change the constitutional revenue distribution between the centre and the states.
- Effect on the life of the Lok Sabha and State Assembly: While a proclamation of National Emergency is in effect, the Lok Sabha’s life may be prolonged for one year at a time beyond the normal term. However, after the emergency has ended, this extension cannot be extended for more than six months.
- Similarly, during a national emergency, the Parliament may extend the normal tenure of a state Legislative Assembly by one year at a time, up to a maximum of six months after the emergency has ended.
- Effect on fundamental rights: The effect of a national emergency on fundamental rights is described in Articles 358 and 359. The following are the explanations for these two provisions:
- Article 19 Suspension of Fundamental Rights: When a proclamation of National Emergency is issued, Article 358 states that the six fundamental rights outlined in Article 19 are automatically suspended. After the emergency ends, Article 19 is immediately reactivated.
- Article 19 can only be suspended by the 44th Amendment Act if the National Emergency is declared because of war or external attack, not because of armed revolt.
- Suspension of other Fundamental Rights: During a National Emergency, the President has the authority to suspend, by order, the right to bring a case in any court for the enforcement of Fundamental Rights. As a result, only corrective actions are suspended, not fundamental rights.
- Only those Fundamental Rights listed in the Presidential Order are subject to the suspension of enforcement.
- The suspension could be for the duration of the emergency operation or for a shorter amount of time.
- The Order should be presented to each House of Parliament for consideration.
- According to the 44 Amendment Act, the President cannot suspend the right to petition the courts for the implementation of Article 20 and 21’s Fundamental Rights.
- So far, the following declarations have been made: So far, this kind of emergency has been declared three times: in 1962, 1971, and 1975.
- Because of Chinese invasion in the NEFA, the first proclamation of National Emergency was announced in October 1962 and lasted until January 1968.
- In the aftermath of the Pakistani attack, the second proclamation of National Emergency was issued in December 1971.
- The third proclamation of National Emergency was issued in June 1975, even though the emergency was still in effect. In March 1977, the second and third proclamations were also annulled.
- President Rule:
- Article 355 mandates the central government to ensure that each state’s government operates in line with the constitution’s requirements.
- It is in the discharge of this responsibility that the central assumes control of a state’s administration under Article 356 in the event that the state’s constitutional machinery fails.
- This is known as the ‘President’s Rule.’
- Imposition grounds: Under Article 356 of the Constitution, the president’s ruler can be declared for two reasons:
- Article 356 gives the President the authority to issue a proclamation if he believes that a situation has developed in which the government of a state cannot be carried out in line with the constitution’s provisions.
- Article 365 states that if a state fails to comply with or carry out any order from the centre, the President may declare that a situation has developed in which the state’s administration cannot be carried out in line with the constitution’s provisions.
- Approval by the legislature and duration: Within two months of its issuance, a proclamation imposing president’s rule must be ratified by both chambers of parliament.
- However, if the proclamation of President’s rule is issued while the Lok Sabha is dissolved, or if the Lok Sabha is dissolved during the two-month period without approving the proclamation, the proclamation remains in effect until 30 days after the Lok Sabha is reconstituted, provided that the Rajya Sabha approves it in the interim.
- The President’s Rule Has Consequences: When the President’s rule is imposed on a state, the President gains the following extraordinary powers: He can assume the functions of the state government and powers vested in the governor or any other administrative authority in the state.
- He has the authority to announce that the state legislature’s powers will be exercised by the parliament.
- He has the authority to take any other steps necessary, including suspending constitutional provisions relating to any entity or authority in the state.
- The scope of judicial review is as follows: The President’s satisfaction in invoking Article 356 became final and conclusive under the 38th Amendment legislation in 1975, and it could not be disputed in court on any grounds.
- However, the 44th Amendment Act of 1978 repealed this provision, meaning that the President’s satisfaction is subject to judicial scrutiny.
- Declaratory grounds: Article 360 authorises the president to declare a Financial Emergency if he believes a situation has emerged that jeopardises India’s financial stability or credit in any area of the country.
- Approval by the legislature and duration: Within two months after its issuance, a proclamation proclaiming a financial emergency must be ratified by both Houses of Parliament.
- Financial Emergency:
- However, if the proclamation of Financial Emergency is issued while the Lok Sabha is dissolved, or if the Lok Sabha is dissolved during the two-month period without approving the proclamation, the proclamation remains in effect until 30 days after the Lok Sabha is reconstituted, provided the Rajya Sabha has approved it in the interim.
- The Financial Emergency, once approved by both chambers of Parliament, lasts indefinitely until it is cancelled.
- Effects of a Financial Crisis:
- Extension of the Union’s executive jurisdiction over the states’ financial affairs.
- Salary and allowance reductions for all or any class of people working for the government.
- All money bills and other financial bills are reserved for consideration by the President once they have been passed by the State legislature.
- The President’s directive to reduce the salaries and allowances of all or any class of persons serving the Union, including Supreme Court and High Court judges.
- The Emergency Provision has been criticised.
- The adoption of emergency measures in the constitution was criticised by certain members of the Constituent Assembly on the grounds that the constitution’s federal character would be obliterated and the union would become all-powerful.
- The state’s powers, both in the Union and in the Units, will be concentrated totally in the hands of the union executive.
- The president will rise to the position of tyrant.
- The state’s financial autonomy will be revoked.
- Fundamental rights would lose their meaning, and the constitution’s democratic foundation will be shattered.’
- Ambedkar acknowledged the risk of their misuse when defending the emergency provisions in the Constituent Assembly. ‘I don’t entirely rule out the potential of the Articles being exploited or utilised for political objectives,’ he said.
- Source – The Indian Express
3 – Self Sufficiency in Urea Sector:
- For the first time, India will import a significant amount of urea from the United States.
- Samsung is set to load 47,000 tonnes of granular urea at the Port of New Orleans in the United States for shipping to New Mangalore on India’s west coast. The shipment will be delivered at a cost plus freight rate of $716.5 per tonne (CFR). The corresponding free-on-board or FOB origin price will be $635-640 per tonne, with freight expenses from the US projected at around $65 plus $10-15 for loading from barges.
- Policy of the MDP:
- To encourage the use of alternative fertilisers, the government plans to liberalise its Market Development Assistance (MDA) programme.
- MDA Policy: Previously, MDA policy was limited to solely city compost.
- There were calls to broaden this policy to include organic waste such as biogas, green manure, rural organic compost, solid/liquid slurry, and so on.
- The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan will be fully supported by this expansion.
- Initiatives and Programs of the Government:
- Urea with Neem Coating: The Department of Fertilizers (DoF) has mandated that all domestic producers produce 100 percent urea with Neem Coating (NCU).
- The following are some of the advantages of using NCU:
- Use of plant protection agents is being reduced.
- Pest and disease attacks are reduced.
- Increased paddy, sugarcane, maize, soybean, and Tur/Red Gram yields.
- There is very little diversion for non-agricultural reasons.
- Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) of Neem Coated Urea increases as a result of the gradual release of nitrogen, resulting in lower NCU usage as compared to regular urea.
- The New Urea Policy (NUP) for 2015 is as follows:
- The policy’s goals are to maximise indigenous urea production.
- To improve the urea units’ energy efficiency.
- To reduce the burden of subsidies on the Indian government.
- New Investment Policy (NIP)-2012: In January 2013, the government launched the New Investment Policy (NIP)-2012, which was amended in 2014 to encourage new investment in the urea business and to make India self-sufficient in the urea sector.
- Policy on City Compost Promotion: The Government of India authorised a policy on city compost promotion, which was notified by the Department of Finance in 2016 and included a Market Development Assistance of Rs. 1500/- to help scale up production and consumption of city compost.
- Compost firms eager to market municipal compost were authorised to sell city compost in bulk directly to farmers in order to improve sales volumes.
- The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for Fertilizers applies to fertiliser businesses who sell city compost.
- Space Technology in the Fertilizer Industry:
- In collaboration with the Geological Survey of India (GSI) and the Atomic Mineral Directorate, the Department of Finance commissioned a three-year Pilot Study on “Resource Mapping of Rock Phosphate using Reflectance Spectroscopy and Earth Observations Data” by the National Remote Sensing Centre of ISRO (AMD).
- The NBS (Nutrient Based Subsidy) Program:
- The Department of Finance has been implementing it since April 2010.
- Under the NBS, each grade of subsidised Phosphatic & Potassic (P&K) fertilisers receives a defined amount of subsidy based on its nutrient content, which is determined on an annual basis.
- Its goals include ensuring balanced fertiliser use, increasing agricultural output, fostering the expansion of the domestic fertiliser industry, and lowering the subsidy burden.
- India’s Fertilizer Consumption:
- India’s fertiliser usage in FY20 was over 61 million tonnes, with urea accounting for 55 percent of it, and is expected to rise by 5 million tonnes in FY21.
- Because non-urea types (MoP, DAP, complex) are more expensive, many farmers choose to use more urea than is actually required.
- To limit urea consumption, the government has adopted a variety of steps. To combat unlawful urea diversion for non-agricultural uses, it introduced neem-coated urea. It also increased its support for organic and low-cost farming.
- Currently, the country produces 42-45 million tonnes of fertiliser, with imports totaling roughly 18 million tonnes.
- Urea Subsidy: The Centre provides urea subsidy to fertiliser manufacturers based on the cost of production at each plant, with the units having to sell the fertiliser at the government-set Maximum Retail Price (MRP).
- Non-Urea Fertilizer Subsidy: Non-urea fertiliser MRPs are deregulated or set by the companies. The Centre, on the other hand, pays a flat per-tonne subsidy to ensure that these nutrients are priced at “appropriate levels.”
- Non-urea fertilisers include Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) and Muriate of Potash (MOP).
- The Nutrient Based Subsidy Scheme regulates all non-urea based fertilisers.
- Source – The Hindu
4 – Reforms needed in UNSC:
- China has put the proposal to classify Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) deputy head Abdul Rehman Makki as a global terrorist on “technical hold” in the UN Security Council, according to reports. India and the United States had suggested that Makki be included to the UN’s list of endangered species.
- About UNSC:
- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), one of the UN’s six main organs, was founded during World War II. The organisation provides its five permanent members (P-5) undue influence, allowing them to emerge as the era’s dominant powers. However, the reality of that era are incomparable to those of today.
- There has long been a recognition of the need to increase the UNSC’s permanent and non-permanent membership to make it more representative of today’s world, rather than the world when it was founded in 1945.
- The Council, on the other hand, has showed little evidence of development. Serious doubts have been raised concerning its ability to fulfil the goal for which it was created.
- In this context, India, which is now in the second year of its two-year non-permanent UNSC membership, can play a larger and more vital role in bringing UNSC changes to fruition.
- India and the United Nations Security Council:
- The United Nations Security Council: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is the centrepiece of global multilateralism, with a mandate to safeguard international peace and security.
- It appoints the UN Secretary-General and elects judges to the International Court of Justice in tandem with the UN General Assembly.
- All countries are bound by its resolutions, which are adopted under Chapter VII of the UN charter.
- The United Nations Security Council has 15 members, 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent.
- China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States are the five permanent members.
- The General Assembly elects ten non-permanent members for two-year periods.
- India’s Inclusion: India has served as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council on seven occasions, most recently in January 2021.
- India has been lobbying for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
- India’s Contribution: In 1947-48, India actively participated in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and spoke out strongly against racial injustice in South Africa.
- India has influenced decisions on a variety of problems, including admitting former colonies to the United Nations, resolving violent wars in the Middle East, and keeping peace in Africa.
- It has made significant contributions to the United Nations, particularly in the area of international peace and security.
- India has participated in 43 UN peacekeeping deployments, contributing over 160,000 troops and a large number of police officers.
- With 7,860 people deployed with 10 UN Peacekeeping Missions as of August 2017, India is the third highest force contributor.
- India’s demand for a permanent seat in the UNSC is perfectly sensible, given its population, territorial size, GDP, economic potential, civilisational legacy, cultural variety, political system, and previous and present contributions to UN activities.
- Issues Concerning the UNSC’s Operation:
- Absence of Meeting Records and Texts: The UNSC’s present rate of progress raises major doubts about its ability to fulfil its stated mission.
- The UNSC debates are exempt from the ordinary UN rules, and no recordings of its meetings are retained.
- There is also no “text” of the meeting to discuss, alter, or protest to.
- In diplomatic discussions, the term “text” refers to a formal paper including ideas and options.
- In the United Nations Security Council, there is a power struggle. The primary issue with the existing system is that the elite class of countries has taken control of the controlling capacity of international security relations.
- In this day and age, the UNSC’s five permanent members’ veto rights are an anachronism.
- The current global security needs do not fit the elite decision-making system.
- The UNSC has become a barrier to understanding worldwide changes and dynamics in the sphere of human security and peace in its current form.
- Divisions Among the P5: Because the UN’s membership is deeply polarised, decisions are either not made or ignored.
- Frequently occurring divisions among the UNSC P-5 result in critical decisions being stalled.
- These concerns may be seen in the case of the coronavirus pandemic, where the UN, UNSC, and WHO failed to play an effective role in assisting countries in dealing with the outbreak.
- An Organization with a Low Representation: Because of its unrepresentative nature, the UNSC has been unable to operate with legitimacy.
- The absence of India, Germany, Brazil, and South Africa from the UN Security Council is a cause for concern.
- The UNSC as a global institution managing international peace and security is crippled by existing disparities in terms of under-representation of areas, particularly from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
- Next Steps:
- Democratization of the UNSC: Power inequalities between the P5 and the rest of the world must be addressed immediately.
- This is required to make the UNSC more democratic and legitimate in its governance, as well as to ensure that the ideals of international peace, security, and order are generally upheld.
- Expansion of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC): The modern needs of global governance for international peace and security are considerably different, and the UNSC’s governance processes require considerable revisions.
- The extension of permanent and non-permanent seats on the Security Council is “indispensable” in order for the UN organ to properly cope with the “ever-complex and growing challenges” to international peace and security.
- Equitable Representation: Decentralizing the UNSC’s governing power and control over nations requires equitable representation of all regions.
- This transition would provide nations from all regions with an equal opportunity to express their concerns about issues affecting peace and democratic stability in their individual country.
- The UNSC’s decision-making processes will be decentralised, allowing it to become a more representative and participative body.
- India’s Role – Leveraging Non-Permanent Membership: As a current non-permanent member of the UNSC, India can begin by writing a resolution including a comprehensive set of reform suggestions.
- It can then approach other like-minded countries (such as the G4: India, Germany, Japan, and Brazil) and expand its circle of support until a sufficient number of countries have banded together to approach the entire UNGA and offer a resolution that has a realistic possibility of passing.
- By addressing their peace and security concerns in the UNSC, India can revitalise its engagement with its traditional friends in the “global south.”
- Small Island States and Africa, two sub-groups of the global south, should be of particular relevance in this context.
- Source – The Hindu
5 – Pragati Maidan Corridor:
Prelims Specific Topic
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will open the Pragati Maidan Integrated Transit Corridor project’s much-anticipated tunnel and six underpasses at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, according to officials. For 1 lakh commuters, it is projected to reduce traffic congestion.
- The corridor was developed at a cost of over Rs 920 crore and is wholly sponsored by the central government, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). It aims to provide hassle-free and smooth access to the new world-class exhibition and convention centre being built at Pragati Maidan, making it easier for exhibitors and visitors to participate in the events held there, according to the statement.
- Six lanes will run the length of the 1.36-kilometer tunnel, with a three-lane highway on both sides. Purana Qila Road, which passes through Pragati Maidan, connects Ring Road with India Gate. It will also allow direct access to Pragati Maidan’s massive subterranean parking.
- It is expected to make commuting between East, Southeast, and Central Delhi much more convenient. It would decongest the route at Pragati Maidan, ITO intersection, India Gate, and the Supreme Court, according to officials.
- Source – The Hindu