UN president supports African calls for Security Council reform

Vuk Jeremic
Vuk Jeremic

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has also thrown his weight behind calls for reform of the Security Council. Serbian Vuk Jeremic met International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria.

Reiterating that an urgent call for change to have a more transparent and representative Security Council, the Minister says the UN body cannot mark 70 years in its current form.

“There will be no change without us, 70% of the issues that go to the Security Council for discussion are about us. So it cannot continue to be without us,” she added.

The council has five permanent members with veto powers and 10 elected non-permanent members with a two year term with no veto powers. South Africa has served two terms as a non-permanent member.

“If it does not encompass Africa then we better not have any change at all. And change is needed, otherwise the UN will slowly drift into irrelevance.”

The main challenge is to get the Security Council to agree on expanding the body. Another is for Africa to find a consensus candidate.