14 Jan 2016 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JAN (NAMPA) African states must unite in a bid to achieve a common goal towards the realisation of the reform of the United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC), Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah says.
Speaking at the ministerial meeting in preparation of the Consultative Summit of the African Union (AU) Committee of 10 (C-10) on the reform of the SC, she said the reform, being debated since 2005, is imperative and long overdue.
She said it should be an all-inclusive system encompassing all components of the UN system, including the General Assembly and the Security Council.
The two-day ministerial meeting on Wednesday and Thursday was aimed at discussing proposals and ideas towards the reform of the SC.
The Heads of States Summit will take place on Friday at State House in Windhoek.
The summit will be attended by the presidents of Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Zambia and host Namibia, while Algeria, Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Libya, Senegal and Uganda will be represented by their foreign affairs ministers.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who doubles as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, reiterated the correction of historical injustices suffered by the African continent.
It is disappointing to note that since 2005 no substantive progress has been made as most positions on substance and progress of the reform have been entrenched, said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
In recent years, there have been frequent calls from African leaders demanding for permanent and non-permanent seats on the SC, and no substantive progress has been made.
The minister added that Africa should remain resolute in demands for the reform of the SC in order to emphasise on the principle of equitable geographic representation as a key democratic value of the UN.
We therefore remain convinced of the need for a comprehensive reform of the UN system which upholds the principles, objectives and ideals of the UN Charter for a fairer world, based on universalism, equity and regional balance, said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The SC is one of six principal organs of the UN and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security as well as accepting new members to the UN and approving any changes to its Charter.
The UN Charter approves the Security Council to investigate any situation threatening international peace, and recommends procedures for peaceful resolution of disputes and enforces its decisions by militarily or by any means deemed necessary.
The SC consists of 15 members among them Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, and the United States of America serving as the body's five permanent members - and the rest are non-permanent members.
The Council also recommends the new Secretary-General to the General Assembly, and suggests new states for admission as member states of the UN.