Calling the Security Council 'a system built for a world that no longer exists' Swaraj said: "We have to include more developing nations in the  decision making structures of the Security Council. And we need to  change the way it does business by doing away with outdated and  non-transparent working methods."

Addressing the General Assembly in Hindi, Swaraj said: "In a world that continues to be dominated by wealthy and influential nations, the notion of sovereign equality of the UN has permitted the developing world to question some unfair norms. But it has not permitted a fundamental  challenge to the inequity of a system built for a world that longer exists."

"With colonialism still dominating the world, the UN was founded with 51 members and the five victorious powers from World War II were given permanent seats with veto powers. The UN now has 193 members, the vast majority of whom are from the developed world. Except for adding four non-permanent seats in 1965, the basic structure of the Security Council has remained the same.

Swaraj complimented Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, the president of the last session of the General Assembly, and Jamaican Ambassador Courtnay Rattray, who was appointed by Kutesa to head the reform negotiations, for their role in achieving a breakthrough in reforms.

 

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