Calls for greater transparency as Security Council debates working methods

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Consideration of the draft report of the Security Council to the General Assembly. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The UN Security Council must exercise greater transparency and effectiveness in the face of a multitude of worldwide challenges.

That was the message from dozens of speakers Tuesday during the Council's annual debate on its working methods.

The Security Council is made of up 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent member states and has the lead role within the UN on issues of international peace and security.

Veronica Reeves has more.

This year's annual meeting on the Security Council's working methods focused on a number of key themes – among them – how to ensure the body could effectively fulfil its lofty mandate, while also exercising transparency.

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson addressed the 15-member body.

"When people think about the UN, they often think of the Security Council. On you rests a heavy responsibility to maintain international peace and security in a troubled, complex and inter-connected world."

The President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft pointed out that this was the first time in eight years that the head of the Assembly had briefed the Council. He emphasized that the UN as a whole takes great interest in the Council's work.

"We must never lose sight of the fact that at any given moment, some 178 members of the UN are not members of the Security Council, and some 35% of the membership have never even served as Council members."

Mr Lykketoft said that interest in the work of the Council's was even higher when a new Secretary-General was due to be appointed.

To that end, he called for greater cooperation in the year ahead, as the Assembly and the Council work to replace current UN chief Ban Ki-moon at the end of 2016.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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