There is overwhelming popular support for the UN to be reformed, according to a BBC World Service poll among the citizens of 23 countries.
They favoured a more powerful UN and backed the idea of adding Germany, India, Japan and Brazil to the organisation’s Security Council.
Most wanted the Security Council to be able to override the veto power of the permanent members.
Just over 23,500 people were questioned for the survey, completed in January.
The proposal to expand the UN Security Council to include new permanent members was supported by a majority in 22 of the 23 countries.