IBSA MINISTERIAL MEETING AT GENERAL DEBATE OF UNGA 65
The Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, H.E. Mr. S. M. Krishna, the
Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, H.E. Ambassador Celso
Amorim, and the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, H.E.
Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, met in New York on 25 September 2010.
The Ministers reiterated their commitment to the implementation of the Millennium
Development Goals and in this regard acknowledged the importance of the High Level
Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Integrated and Coordinated
Implementation of and Follow-up to the Millennium Summit.
The Ministers emphasized the importance of the implementation of commitments by
development partners to assist developing countries in achieving the MDGs by 2015. They
again committed IBSA to enhancing South-South cooperation, through the IBSA Facility for
Poverty and Hunger Alleviation (IBSA Fund). The Ministers noted that amidst all the
challenges that face countries, South-South cooperation is an effective tool contributing to
the achievement of MDGs and IBSA will continue to find ways of cooperating with fellow
In this regard the Ministers noted the meeting hosted by Indonesia on the side-lines of the
General Debate of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly, on the situation in
Palestine in which Brazil, India and South Africa participated, as a concrete example of
developing countries meeting to discuss ways of assisting Palestine.
The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to multilateralism and to increased
participation of developing countries in the decision-making bodies of multilateral
organisations and institutions. They reiterated the urgent need for the UN to be reformed
so as to become more representative and reflective of the needs and priorities of
developing countries, specifically the UN Security Council.
In this regard, the Ministers recalled the urgent need to expand the Security Council in
both its permanent and non-permanent categories, in order to increase participation of
developing countries. This will make the UNSC more broadly representative, efficient and
transparent, would enhance its effectiveness and legitimacy, as well as the implementation
of its decisions.
The Ministers acknowledged the progress in the inter-governmental negotiations on
Security Council reform so far. The Ministers noted the development of “text-based”
negotiations and called on all UN Member States to ensure that concrete results are
achieved at the 65th Session of the General Assembly. In this regard, the IBSA countries
reiterated their commitment to enhance coordination with each other and the broader UN
membership with the aim of achieving genuine reform of the UN Security Council at the
The Ministers also noted the historic occasion in 2011 in which all three IBSA countries will
serve on the UN Security Council. They stressed the importance for IBSA to work together
on the Security Council with the aim of making the Council more responsive and
transparent in the execution of its mandate.
The Ministers conveyed their support and best whishes to the Government and people of
India for the hosting of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi from 3-14 October 2010.
The Ministers also wished the Government and people of Brazil well with the presidential
elections that will take place on 3 October 2010 and reiterated IBSA’s commitment to democratic values.
Finally, the Ministers expressed their sincere appreciation to President Luiz Inácio Lula da
Silva, for the significant role he played in IBSA. They conveyed their best whishes to him
for his future.