"It is necessary to restore the authority of the organisation": the US plans to reform the UN Security Council - WP

Olha LipychWorld
US calls for UN Security Council reform

The administration of US President Joe Biden is allegedly developing a plan for a large-scale reform of the UN Security Council. US officials want such an initiative to restore the credibility of this international institution, which has become the subject of constant criticism amid Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

This was reported by The Washington Post. As noted, the US representative to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has already begun consultations with diplomats from 193 member states of the organisation.

The United States is planning to add six more permanent representatives to the UN Security Council without giving these countries a veto. According to the newspaper, in this way Washington plans to take into account the growing role of non-Western countries in international politics and eliminate their dissatisfaction with the current members of the Security Council, which has failed to stop global conflicts, including the war started by Russia in Ukraine.

The article says that the United States had previously advocated the inclusion of Germany, India and Japan as permanent members of the Security Council. This idea was supported by France and the United Kingdom, which also proposed that Brazil and at least one African country be given a permanent seat in the body.

As you know, since the creation of the UN after the Second World War, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China and the aggressor country of the Russian Federation (formerly the Soviet Union) have been permanent members of the Security Council with veto power.

Journalists also cite sources as saying that the Biden administration wants the United Nations to remain the central instrument for preventing wars, even though doubts about its ability to do so are growing every day.

A senior US official said that the White House, led by Thomas-Greenfield, was trying to "build consensus on a reasonable, credible proposal that could actually succeed and get reform done".

"We want these institutions to work so that we can discuss and try to resolve international conflicts. We need to see clearly the successes or failures we have achieved over the years, but there is no doubt that we are better off with these institutions than without them," he said.

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the war in Ukraine had shown the UN Security Council's inability to fulfil its primary function: to ensure the functioning of the global security system. Therefore, this body needs to be reformed in accordance with the "realities of today's world".

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