NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 6 – Speaking on behalf of the group Uniting for Consensus during an informal UNGA meeting on the Reform of the Security Council, the Italian Permanent Representative to the UN Sebastiano Cardi called upon the membership to protect “the most important prerogative of UN Members States: their right to vote, their freedom to choose”.
Recalling that the principles of a more representative, democratic, accountable, transparent and effective Council have gathered support in the membership at large, Cardi Stress that the UfC group is firmly convinced that the cornerstone of these principles – the key to implementing them – is periodic elections and rotation”, Cardi said, adding that UfC countries keep on looking for the widest consensus: “A truly democratic Security Council is possible and necessary. We are willing to take under consideration ideas that show true flexibility and spirit of compromise”.
Elections is the key word provided that is not “the one-time election of a new permanent member” which “would not fulfill the five principles: “On the contrary, it would undermine both accountability and democratic representation, which can only be guaranteed through periodic elections”. Cardi stated that Member States should have the right to cast such a vote: “For small and developing countries in particular, elections are the primary tool to make their voices heard and set their contributions on an equal footing with equal dignity”. (@OnuItalia)