UPDATE 1-Brazil Bolsonaro calls for UN reform at BRICS summit

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SAO PAULO, June 23 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the BRICS group of emerging economies must work together to reform the United Nations to ensure adequate representation.

The far-right leader specifically mentioned the UN Security Council, saying emerging economies must be properly represented in the body.

The Security Council has 15 members – five permanent including China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States and 10 elected for two-year terms by the UN General Assembly. Brazil is on the board until 2023.

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Bolsonaro’s remarks came during a virtual summit with the leaders of Russia, India, China and South Africa, which make up the BRICS group alongside Brazil.

He also called for reforms at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

“We must join our efforts in seeking reform of international organizations, such as the World Bank, the IMF and the United Nations, in particular its Security Council,” Bolsonaro said at the summit.

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“The weight of emerging and developing economies must have due and deserved representation”. (Reporting by Eduardo Simoes; Writing by Gabriel Araujo Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky, Alexandra Hudson)

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