Reform of the UN Security Council long delayed – Akufo-Addo
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has once more asked for the United Nations Security Council to be reformed, claiming that the existing system is unfair to African nations.
President Akufo-Addo observed that the Security Council is restricted by its antiquated structure and processes, which undermine efforts to address contemporary concerns in the most effective way, on Wednesday, November 10, 2022, at a meeting hosted by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in New York.
Therefore, he said, “the reform discussions, which have been ongoing for three decades with little sign of a conclusion, must result in substantial changes to the Council’s structures to make it innovative in its approach.”
The President claims that the current makeup of the UN Security Council represents a long-standing injustice toward the African nations and that it is past time to remedy it.
“It is apparent that the post-1945 world, which gave rise to the creation of the United Nations and the design of the Security Council, has changed dramatically from the world of today. The world of 1945 is not the world of 2022, and even less so of 2050. A serious crisis has gripped the United Nations system and the multinational financial organizations that sprang from the ruins of World War II “declared President Akufo-Addo.
It will continue until a just system is put in place, one that represents the new balances, which must take into account new realities like demographic dynamics and resource access in a context of scarcity, rather than basing decisions on who won or lost the Second World War.
The President stated that the Security Council is having a harder time promoting democracy and the rule of law in its current form.
“The Security Council loses a great deal of legitimacy as the major tool for maintaining global peace and security when the veto is used as a tool of tremendous power and interest. The Ezulwini Consensus-based African Common Position on UN Reform has more relevance now than it has ever had. It must once again take center stage in global conversation “He was tense.
The only way the Security Council will be able to effectively confront the problems of our day, according to President Akufo-Addo, is through the reforms outlined in the African Common Position.
“And it is only through its effectiveness at maintaining international peace and security that the Council can remain credible, legitimate and relevant,” he added.