NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 2 – “There are no procedural shortcuts in achieving Security Council reform. This is one of the main lessons learned over these years of collective work: non-consensual approaches have proven to be counter-productive and to hamper the reform process”, the Italian Permanent Representative to the UN, Sebastiano Cardi, said today, addressing on behalf of the group Uniting for Consensus, the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on Security Council reform during the current 72nd session of the General Assembly. At the same time, Cardi said, a common understanding of the principles underpinning the Security Council reform would lead without delay to a reform supported by the whole membership. “Uniting for Consensus stands for a more democratic, accountable, transparent, inclusive and effective Security Council”, said the Ambassador.
The IGN remains the sole legitimate negotiating setting – as established by Decision 62/557 – in which to advance the reform of the Security Council, stressed Cardi: “Only through a membership-driven, inclusive and transparent process, which takes into account the voices of all Member States, will we be able to jointly define the consensual path to concrete and credible progress”.
Addressing the meeting, the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, called for “shining a light on new possibilities for convergence” on Security Council reform and breaking the cycle of hardened positions and “red lines” that have prevented efforts to make it reflect the new realities.”We need a Security Council adapted to today’s world,” Lajcak said while inaugurating yesterday the two-day meeting. “It relates to the lives of people. It affects the credibility and relevance of the General Assembly, which established this process. And, it puts the entire United Nations system at stake.” The two-day meeting was co-chaired by Permanent Representatives Kaha Imnadze of Georgia and Lana Zaki Nusseibeh of the United Arab Emirates, who were appointed by Lajcak to give a fresh breath to the long-stalled reform process. (@OnuItalia)