Q. The “Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN)” is often seen in news is related to which of the following?
The G4 nations of Brazil, Germany, Japan and India have asserted that the mandate of the United Nations’ Inter-Governmental Negotiations is to achieve the long-pending reforms of the UNSC and not endlessly debate it.
- The Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) format has long outlived its sell-by date and must be made transparent to ensure progress on the reform discussions, they said.
- India has been calling for the reform of the UN Security Council (UNSC) along with Brazil, Germany and Japan for long, emphasising that it rightly deserves a place at the UN high table as a permanent member.
- The G4 nations support each other’s bids for permanent seats on the UNSC.
NOTE: In 2008 the General Assembly adopted Decision 62/557 “to commence intergovernmental negotiations (IGN) in informal plenary of the General Assembly”.
- Up until the 22008 Decision was adopted, discussions on Security Council reform were nothing more than an oral exchange of views.
- With the creation of the IGN, the aim was having a text on which discussions could be based.
- The first round of the IGN was held on 19 February 2009.
- The General Assembly has renewed its mandate annually, and it remains the principal vehicle for Council reform discussions today.
- To date, the IGN has not been able to agree on a text to be negotiated
Source: The Hindu