Ban lauds Indian democracy
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday underlined his strong commitment to reforming and strengthening the global body even as he conjured a grim picture for emerging markets and developing countries in the wake of the global financial meltdown.

“For our indispensable partnership to flourish, India must have confidence in the UN itself. If we are to make demands of others, we must demand equally much of ourselves,” Ban said in New Delhi while delivering the ninth Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture titled ‘India and the United Nations: An Indispensable Partnership.’

“I am strongly committed to reforming and strengthening the organisation, its structures and its management,” Ban said in remarks that endorses India's vigorous advocacy of the long-pending UN reforms.

India raised the issue of the expansion of the UN Security Council during delegation-level talks between the UN chief and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee later in the evening.