The Seminar on UN Reform was held in Kolkata
The Consul General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata Alexey Idamkin took part in the seminar “UN Needs Reforms to Meet the Challenges of 21st Century”, organized by the West Bengal Federation of United Nations Associations (WBFUNA) on the occasion of the United Nations Day on October 24, 2017.
Governor of West Bengal K.N.Tripathi, India’s former Foreign Secretary Krishnan Shrinivasan, Consul General of France Damien Syed, Consul General of Japan Masayuki Taga, Deputy Consul General of China Cai Zhifeng, WBFUNA Chairman Sitaram Sharma, representatives of the politological circles and media, as well as students of major schools of Kolkata participated in the event, which took place at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
The panelists discussed the reorganization of the activities of UN structures, a need to reform them, in particular the Security Council, to make the UN more representative of contemporary realities and to respond more effectively to emerging challenges and threats. The participants noted that the views of the states on the goals and objectives of the UN reform, as well as ways of its implementation, are often diametrically opposite.
Consul General of Russia Alexey Idamkin narrated about Russian approaches to the UN reform, emphasizing that it should aim at adapting the Organization to modern realities while maintaining its intergovernmental character and strictly observing its Charter’s principle on the division of power between the major UN bodies. Speaking about the reform of the UN Security Council, Alexey Idamkin stressed the need to make the UNSC more representative without compromising its efficiency and effectiveness. The prerogatives of its current permanent Members, including their power of veto, should remain intact. The Russian Consul General reaffirmed strong support to India’s candidature for a permanent seat in a reformed United Nations Security Council.
At the end of the main part of the event, students of Kolkata’s leading educational institutions actively engaged the panelists in a question and answer session, which rendered the discussion a more lively and informative character.