World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Framework Needed To For Security Council Reform

General Assembly president urges framework to address Security Council reform

As the General Assembly today embarked on a wide-ranging debate on Security Council reform, the 192-member body's president said he looked forward to hearing the proposals of Member States and urged them to adopt a framework that would foster concrete results.

"I wish to assure you of my determination to work with all of you in an open and transparent manner to establish the most appropriate process, based on the views of the entire membership," Srgjan Kerim told the Assembly.

Mr. Kerim, who has been holding informal consultations with all interested parties since the beginning of the current Assembly session, said countries "have articulated their preparedness, taking into account the progress achieved, to use the current momentum to move forward."

He said the process must advance. "Based on these consultations, our objective should be to develop a framework, in order to begin intergovernmental negotiations, by identifying and reaching agreement on the various negotiable elements," he said, urging those present to be guided by the report of a working group dealing with the issue, and the positions and proposals of Member Sates.

The President also said countries "should have primary ownership" of the issue and welcomed their "substantive proposals and views on how to embark on the next stage in this important process so that we can achieve concrete results during the sixty-second session."

Security Council reform is an integral part of strengthening the United Nations, he stressed, encouraging all Member States to "remain actively engaged and committed to addressing this issue."

The current President of the Security Council, Ambassador R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa of Indonesia, presented the 15-member body's annual report to the Assembly, giving an overview of its "ambitious and important agenda."


More: Latest World News | Top World News | World Digest | Archives

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news