"Too much talk, too little action" regarding Security Council reform: Zuma

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South African President Jacob Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma challenged world leaders on Tuesday to reform the Security Council ahead of the United Nations' 70th birthday.

In remarks to a plenary session of the General Assembly, President Zuma referred to the Council as "undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states."

The Security Council has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. And it is made up of 15 Members: 10 non-permanent and 5 permanent Members with veto power. They are United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia and China.

He voiced concern that nothing has changed in this regard since the establishment of the United Nations.

"The UN Security Council still remains undemocratic, unrepresentative and unfair to developing nations and small states, and disenfranchises the majority of Member States of the United Nations who form the majority of the General Assembly. We cannot remain beholden indefinitely to the will of an unrepresentative minority on most important issues of international peace and security."

Duration: 39″

Over 70 United Nations Member States have never been members of the Security Council.

President Zuma also touched on a wide range of other topics from the post-2015 development agenda, to issues about greening the economy as well as re-evaluating the partnership between the advanced and emerging economies.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’42″

 

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