The UN Security Council reform, being debated since two decades, is "too long overdue" and the necessary expansion must be made considering how much the world has changed, UN chief Ban-Ki-moon said today.
Ban was elected this week to serve for a second term as the UN Secretary General.
"It has been too long overdue," Ban told journalists on the issue of UNSC reforms.
"Just consider how much world has changed. And there should be necessary expansion or whatever changes in the Security Council," he added.
The 15-member council currently has five permanent members -- China, France, Russia, the UK and the US -- and 10 non-permanent members.
India, which is currently serving a two-year term as a non-permanent member, has been pushing for a seat in an expanded Security Council.
In February, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna came to the UN to push the reform agenda along with the other G4 nations -- Brazil, Germany and Japan – that are also bidding for a permanent seat in an expanded Council.
In May, president of the General Assembly Joseph Deiss said that the UN would lose its "credibility" if the Security Council was not reformed quickly.
The UN chief, however, noted that the past three years had seen "accelerated pace" among member-states who are now negotiation from a text.
"This will continue... I hope there will be some good progress," he said.
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