The Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin İhsanoglu said that there must be a seat for allocated for the OIC in the UN Security Council (UNSC). Talking to Today's Zaman as he is getting ready to leave the Presidency of the OIC at the end of this year after serving for nine years, İhsanoglu evaluated the current status of the organization that has 57 member states and is the largest international organization after the UN. İhsanoglu argued that for the first time, the Muslim world has rallied around the OIC and taken a single position on international matters, turning the OIC into an important instrument for Muslim countries.
New York: India has made a strong case for reforming the UN Security Council, saying that while 80 more countries have joined the UN in the past 50 years the Council has not undergone the slightest change, terming this an "unnatural situation of stagnation" in a dynamic international environment. Asoke Kumar Mukerji, India's new Permanent Representative at the UN, in his maiden speech after presenting his credentials to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said that despite nearly 80 percent of the Security Council's work being focused on Africa the Council did not have even one permanent member from any of the 54 states of the continent. He termed this a "truly bizarre situation".
Moscow: 1. The Concept of Participation of the Russian Federation in the association of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa (BRICS) is a perception of principles, objectives and content of the foreign policy activities of the Russian Federation regarding the association for a long term period.
New York: Alarmed at a concerted push-back by member nations who are getting tired of funding the bloated and ineffectual United Nations, top UN managers are urgently trying to figure out a reform plan to repair at least some of their credibility over the next few years. The exhortation to think big and look beyond the normal endless talk sessions came in a consultative “non-paper” at a two-day closed-door meeting of senior UN. officials in Turin, Italy, in mid-January. The discussion document also proposed a new propaganda campaign to convince governments and sympathetic legislators that their money was being well spent.
New York: The L69 group drafted a resolution on Security Council Reform in 2012 and on 25 February 2013, a very similar resolution was circulated by CARICOM. According to the cover letter, the latter resolution was sent to the Chair of the negotiations, Amb. Zahir Tanin of Afghanistan, and also distributed to all members of the L69 and African Groups. The Center has combined these two resolutions in one document with columns to highlight their significant similarities - as well as a few differences. As far as the Center knows, supporters of the L69 resolution only include developing countries. The initiators of these two resolutions clearly seek support from the African Group, which has insisted on two permanents seats since 2005, including privileges such as the right of veto. However, an African response is likely to take a while.
Washington: Bullish on India, veteran Indian diplomat Hardeep Singh Puri says being on the UN Security Council is not an option but an imperative for a country of India's standing as that's where the real action is. And, if an expansion of the Security Council with a permanent seat for India at the decision-making high table were to take time, India would have to come back and seek an early re-election as a non-permanent member, Mr. Puri told IANS in an interview from New York.
Malabo: During the 4th meeting in Malabo in November 2011, a number of projects were agreed upon for implementation prior to the convening of the 3rd ASA Summit, which was scheduled to be held in May 2012. Unfortunately, almost two years after not much progress has been made in implementing that decision. In the light of this, what we need is a serious reflection of the challenges faced in advancing this important and promising partnership.
New Haven: The United Nations must change with the times, the world peacekeeping group's former leader told a Yale University audience Thursday. That includes expanding the U.N. Security Council and bringing pressure to bear on corporations that do harm to impoverished nations. “I think reform is absolutely essential,” said Kofi Annan, the U.N.'s Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. “The world has changed. The world has evolved.”
Recalling that, in 1945, when the UN was being formed, most of Africa was not represented and that in 1963, when the first reform took place, Africa was represented but was not in a particularly strong position;
Convinced that Africa is now in a position to influence the proposed UN reforms by maintaining her unity of purpose;