Tuesday, September 23, 2014

“New Approaches to the Security Council Reform” Ministerial Meeting in Rome, Italy

Feb. 5th, by Afghan Mission

On Monday, February 4th, 2013, in Rome, Italy, a Ministerial Meeting on the subject of UN Security Council Reform was co-chaired by Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi and Spanish Secretary of State Gonzalo de Benito Secades.  The theme of the meeting was, “New approaches to the Security Council Reform.”  Over 60 countries met in Rome to foster political dialogue on this important matter.

Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi’s opening remarks, noted that “the reform of the UNSC can no longer be postponed so as to reinforce the UN’s credibility as a champion of international peace and security and in laying the solid foundations of a new architecture of collective security.”

Ambassador Zahir Tanin, was in attendance in his capacity as Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council reform.  He addressed the Member States in attendance by expressing his encouragement at the recent level of participation and involvement in the Intergovernmental Negotiations.  He highlighted “a notable increase in the momentum of the process, and the beginning of real give and take”, during the most recent round of negotiations in New York and expressed a wish to move the process along further in this session of the General Assembly. Ambassador Tanin also made reference to his 25 July 2012 letter to Member States and the recommendations contained within it, stating that it is his hope that “even if they are not a point of agreement for all, they can be points for discussion.”

Ambassador Tanin also urged discussion from the participants in regards to the level of real give and take interaction in the negotiations and asked Member States to comment on how to further “bring the process to this point and how Member States intend on contributing to that.”

The meetings focus on “new approaches” to reforming the Security Council and high level of its participants not only raises awareness but shows the commitment of the Member States to take the reform process forward in the next General Assembly session.