South Africa wants expansion of "unrepresentative" Security CouncilListen /
South Africa is calling for greater African representation in the Security Council.
In his address to the General Assembly on Tuesday, the country's President Jacob Zuma described the 15-member chamber as unrepresentative and undemocratic in both its composition and decision-making.
"We would like to see a more meaningful representation of Africa in the UN Security Council. About 70 per cent of the UN Security Council agenda is taken up by issues from the African continent. The Security Council has to be expanded in both categories, with at least two seats for Africa in the permanent category and five in the non-permanent category." (Duration: 45″)
Currently, five countries—China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America—are permanent members of the Security Council.
President Zuma said also he would like to see full recognition of regional organizations that work with the UN, such as the African Union.