African FMs discuss reforming 'undemocratic' UNSC

Kenyatta says the council does not reflect the current world power distribution

African FMs discuss reforming 'undemocratic' UNSC

World Bulletin/News Desk

The foreign ministers of ten African countries met in Nairobi on Monday to discuss the reform of the U.N. Security Council

"We support all efforts aimed at strengthening the United Nations system," Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta told the African Union Committee of Ten.

"We believe its effectiveness, accountability and central role in multilateralism must be enhanced to enable the organization to fully realize its potential," he added.

The meeting brought together the foreign ministers of Sierra Leone, Congo Brazzaville, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria, Kenya, Senegal, Libya, Namibia and Zambia.

Kenyatta said that the 15-member UNSC, which is responsible for maintaining international peace and security, is antiquated and ill-adapted to fulfill its tasks.

"It does not reflect the current world power distribution and geopolitical situation," added the Kenyan leader.

"The Council's small size and exclusive nature, its relations with the General Assembly, its working methods and undemocratic nature have become out of step with today’s demands," he insisted.

The Security Council has five permanent, veto-wielding members - the US, Russia, China, UK and France – and ten rotating members elected for two-year terms.

"The inequality and lack of democracy in representation has led to inconsistencies, inefficiency and the marginalization of the world's vulnerable communities and severely betrayed its largest constituency - the less developed countries," Kenyatta said.

"This is not only discriminatory but unfair and unjust," he told the African foreign ministers. "We must refocus the institution towards the realization of its founding objectives."

The Kenyan leader insisted that the U.N. should be the last institution on earth that propagates the idea that some societies are inherently superior to others.

"It is, therefore, incumbent upon you Ministers of the C-10 to champion Africa’s legitimate right embodied in the Ezulwini Consensus," he said. "It provides a valuable basis for our collective efforts to advance reform of the Security Council."

In 2005, African leaders meeting in Ezulwini, Swaziland, demanded two permanent and five non-permanent seats for Africa on the UNSC.

"We must build on this as part of our efforts to make the United Nations a more effective instrument in the service of Africa and all the peoples of the world," said Kenyatta.

 

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