Meeting of G4 Officials and Permanent Representatives to the United Nations (PRs) of the G4 countries on UN Security Council Reforms
June 6, 2016
1. On June 6 in Tokyo, the Director General (DGs)s on United Nations Affairs and Permanent Representatives to the United Nations (PRs) of the G4 countries (Japan, Brazil, Germany, and India) held a meeting and exchanged views on the issue of reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Mr. Takeo Akiba, Deputy Vice-Minister for Foreign Policy and Director-General of the Foreign Policy Bureau, attended from Japan. The previous such meeting took place in Delhi on March 4, 2016.
2. Based upon a common understanding that the current Security Council does not reflect the geopolitical realities of the 21st century, the G4 countries reconfirmed that the Security Council should be reformed to make it more representative, legitimate, and effective.
3. The G4 countries discussed the current state of play of the ongoing Inter-Governmental Negotiations (IGN) on Security Council reform in New York, and reconfirmed their commitment to moving forward the IGN process towards achieving a concrete outcome. In this regard, they shared their determination to accelerate its outreach to other reform-oriented countries/groups.
4. The G4 countries reiterated their support for each other’s candidature as new permanent members of the Security Council. They also reaffirmed their view on the importance of increasing representation of developing countries, notably African countries in both the permanent and non-permanent categories of an enlarged Council.
5. The G4 DGs and PRs agreed to hold their next meeting in September, in New York, on the sideline of the General Debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly.