Africa wants to be "fully represented" in all UN decision making organs

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Vandi Chidi Minah, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Sierra Leone

African countries are once again asking to be "fully represented" in all decision making organs of the United Nations, including the Security Council.

That's the message Sierra Leone's Permanent Representative to the United Nations delivered on behalf of the Africa Group on Thursday, in the General Assembly.

The debate focused on the question of equitable representation and expansion of the Security Council to include new members.

At present, the Council has 15 members, five of whom are permanent – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States – all of whom have the right of veto.

Mr. Vandi Chidi Minah explains what the Africa Group wants.

“Full representation of Africa in the Security Council should be according to the Elzuwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration.  This in brief means no less than two permanent seats with all the prerogatives and privileges of permanent membership thereof , including the right of veto if it continues to exist and also two additional non permanent seats." (22″)

Mr. Minah recalled that in 1945, when the UN was formed, most of Africa was not represented.  And when the reforms took place in 1963, Africa was not considered for inclusion into the permanent category, even though it was represented.

He urged the Member States to "step up efforts" in working with Africa to address this injustice.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’26″

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