United Nations (UN) reform

"China will not oppose India's UN seat bid"

New Delhi:  Seeking a cooperative relationship with India to build an Asian century, a senior Chinese official on Wednesday underlined that China will not pursue a policy to obstruct or oppose India's efforts to get a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. "We welcome a more positive and important role by India in the United Nations," Huang Huaguang, an official of the international department of the Communist Party of China, said in an interaction at the Observer Research Foundation, a think tank.

Former Brazilian Prez backs India as UNSC permanent member

New Delhi:  India and some other countries from Asia, Latin America and Africa should find a permanent place in UN Security Council to reflect the surge of developing economies over the developed world, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacia Lula Da Silva said here. Delivering the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial lecture here, Silva said an International Monetary Fund report in April suggested the combined economies of developing countries will surpass that of the developed countries. “The world’s political order should reflect this reality and not the balance of power after World war II,” he said and added countries of Latin America and Africa and an important country like India should find a place as permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

UNSC open debate on reform issues

New York:  In the fifth annual debate on the working methods of the Security Council today, speakers acknowledged progress towards more transparency and efficiency in the operations of the 15-member body, while calling for more meaningful engagement between it and the wider United Nations membership.

Report of the Security Council and reform of the Security Council, 15 November 2012

We commend the President of the Security Council for the month of November, the Permanent Representative of India, H.E. Hardeep Singh Puri for presenting the annual report of the Council and for the delegation of Colombia under the leadership of Ambassador Nestor Osario, for preparing the report. In October 2010, this Assembly elected and mandated South Africa to serve as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council.   This is an honour that we carried out cognisant of the high responsibility that had been bestowed upon us.  As our term on the Security Council draws to an end, we come here today to report to you, the member states that elected us to this body, to account and reflect on our contribution and assessment of the work of the Security Council. 

SA statement on Security Council reform, performance

We commend the President of the Security Council for the month of November, the Permanent Representative of India, H.E. Hardeep Singh Puri for presenting the annual report of the Council and for the delegation of Colombia under the leadership of Ambassador Nestor Osario, for preparing the report. In October 2010, this Assembly elected and mandated South Africa to serve as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council.   This is an honour that we carried out cognisant of the high responsibility that had been bestowed upon us.  As our term on the Security Council draws to an end, we come here today to report to you, the member states that elected us to this body, to account and reflect on our contribution and assessment of the work of the Security Council. 

The International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council

The Hague: I wish to thank Parliamentarians for Global Action for organising this event on a very important topic, the relationship between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Security Council. Let me also say that South Africa is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event. The importance of this topic is illustrated by the number of meetings held on the subject in recent times. In March, Parliamentarians for Global Action together with Chatham House, hosted a meeting in London to consider this issue. Just last month the Security Council held an open debate on the relationship between the ICC and the Security Council.

Improving global governance: Making global institutions fit-for-purpose in the 21st century

Wellington: Extract from a speech by Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator (section: Ensuring global governance institutions are fit-for-purpose in the 21st century).  "It is not difficult to draw up an inventory of global institutions and mechanisms which are struggling to reach decisions":

UN reforms needed to resolve global issues - Helen Clark

Auckland: The United Nations needs to reform to resolve global problems such as conflict in Syria and climate change, former Prime Minister Helen Clark says. In a speech at Victoria University this evening, Miss Clark, now the United Nations development head, echoed the concerns of Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully about the UN Security Council's role in Syria.

SBY reiterates urgency for UN Security Council reform

Jakarta:  Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, speaking at the opening of the fifth Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Thursday reiterated his call for reforms that would allow the UN Security Council to have a more responsive and effective role in settling international conflicts.  “In my opinion, an effective Security Council must be one that better represents contemporary global realities [and serves as] an intergovernmental forum for exchanging ideas and sharing experiences on democracy,” Yudhoyono said in his opening speech.

India assumes UNSC presidency, seeks comprehensive anti-piracy strategy

United Nations: India, which assumed the rotating Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday, hopes to reach out to other nations in garnering support for expansion of the world body's top decision-making arm besides seeking a comprehensive anti-piracy strategy to tackle the maritime menace.

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