Abdullah Shahid, president of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, has said he wishes he had a “magic wand” to accomplish Security Council reform and expressed hope that UN members would take the process seriously. Because he started the “Presidency of Hope”. 193-nation body K.
Shahid was the Foreign Minister of Maldives Elected as the President of the 76th session of UNGA This year on 7th July.
“I wish I had the magic wand to try and replace the Security Council and accomplish Security Council reform. In fact, in 1979, a group of 10 countries to propose the inclusion of an agenda item in the Maldives Security Council joined in, and I am very proud that the Maldives was among the first 10 countries that started it.” Shahid said.
“Although, as President, I don’t have that magic wand. But I do hope members will take the process seriously.”
He said he would appoint co-facilitators for the Inter-Governmental Dialogue (IGN) as soon as possible so that he and the UN membership would “have more time to work, and I wish them all the best.”
As the General Assembly in June decided to roll over the work of the IGN to the 76th UNGA session, India maintained that the IGN could no longer be used as a smokescreen on the long-pending Security Council reforms.
UNGA’s decision to start IGN work in the next session also includes amendments proposed by the G4 countries (Brazil, Germany, India and Japan), which have long been at the forefront of multilateral efforts to accelerate and achieve Huh. Pending UNSC reform.
The G4 nations proposed amendments to the draft oral decision to include the commitment of “(…) and heads of government and heads of state representing the peoples of the world to ‘establish new life in the discussion of Security Council reform’ ‘”.
“I have said on several occasions in the past that IGN can no longer be used as a smokescreen. Today, with this revised roll-over decision, we will move on to the next session with the hope that we will eventually reach the Security Council. Will be able to come together to make decisive progress towards long-pending reform,” India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti had said.
Tirumurti had said that by agreeing to incorporate the promise to ‘set a new life of our leaders’ in our roll-over decision, we are reaffirming once again what we are doing at IGN, That is not just a series of academic debates. Our mandate is to reform the Security Council, not just discuss it for eternity.”
In his remarks to the press after taking over as President of the 76th session of the General Assembly, Shahid said that his “Asha presidency is also about respecting the rights of all and reviving the United Nations. What is needed is organization that is fit for purpose and commensurate with the times we are living in.”
Currently, the UNSC consists of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent member states, who are elected by the United Nations General Assembly for two-year terms.
The five permanent members are Russia, Britain, China, France and the United States and these countries can veto any original resolution. There is an increasing demand to increase the number of permanent members to reflect the contemporary global reality.