Backing the significant expansion of the Security Council, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed that he wishes to make general assembly more broadly representative, democratic and transparent in the changed world scenario. In a landmark move earlier this week, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the decision of its outgoing president, Sam Kahamba Kutesa, paving way for the expansion of the UNSC and also setting the stage for talks to start on the basis of the text for the first time in seven years of the inter-governmental process.
The UNGA move has bolstered India’s chances of getting a permanent seat in the UNSC.
Briefing the Press on Wednesday, ahead of 70th General Assembly Session, Moon said, “I have always favoured expanding the Security Council in order to make it more broadly representative and democratic and transparent”.
“The world has changed and considering such huge, dramatic changes in the international community, the Security Council should also be able to adapt to this changing situation,” Ban Ki-moon added.
The milestone session, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, will see over 150 heads of state and government, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pope Francis, descend on the world body’s headquarters from September 25-27 to adopt the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UN Secretary General also welcomed General Assembly’s resolution to continue text-based negotiations on reforms in the current session.
On the question whether the world body will ever have a woman head, Ban Ki-moon said “it is high time” for Member states to discuss and consider such an aspiration.
“I have been hearing a lot of voices coming from many quarters of the world, saying that this is the time for a woman a qualified, accomplished and leadership woman should lead this United Nations,” he said.
“As I’m very much committed to gender empowerment and gender equality, and as I’m the eighth Secretary-General, male, then I think it is high time for Member States to discuss and consider this kind of aspiration of many people”, Ban Ki-moon firmly added in his reply.
Talking further about the world body’s response to the migrant crisis in Europe, the UN Secretary General said that he will convene a high-level meeting on September 30 to mobilise a “humane, effective and rights-based response”.
(With inputs from the PTI)