NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 6 – The President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak sent a letter to Member States, informing them that he had appointed the new Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on Security Council reform. The Co-Chairs are the Permanent Representatives to the United Nations of Georgia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Co-chairs are expected to guide the Member States’ discussions on the topic of Security Council reform.
In 2008, the Member States agreed on five key issues of the IGN: categories of membership; the question of the veto; regional representation; size of an enlarged Security Council and working methods of the Council; and the relationship between the Council and the General Assembly, a spokeperson for Mr. Lakjac said today.
The President of the General Assembly will be meeting with the Permanent Representative of Georgia this afternoon to discuss his new role as one of the Co-chairs. He will also attend a working dinner tonight on Security Council reform with the Permanent Representatives of the G4 countries (Brazil, Germany, India, Japan). Tomorrow morning Lakjac will preside over and address the General Assembly, which will be considering its agenda item on Security Council reform. The Spokesperson added that this process was in the hands of the Member States and that the President would do whatever they allowed him to do – to take the process forward. (@OnuItalia)