President Karzai urges for UN Security Council reform

The call for reform from a somewhat surprising area:

Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the United Nations Security Council does not repsent democracy and urged for a reform in UN Security Council.

While speaking during the Bali Democracy Forum in Indonesia President Karzai said, “Coming to the global democratic governance, I think there is no disagreement here, that it isn’t just nor is it very democratic, the security council does not represent all of us, the five permanent members having the right of veto is not democratic and the relationship between the Security Council and the General Assembly is not democratic and of course, we all wish it to be democratic.”

President Karzai further added, “How do we get there, Afghanistan is too small and insignificant to make an impact but the talk we will, democracy allows that, the freedom of speech. So we do ask for a more democratic global order and we hope all of us together can push for that.”

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said the decision regarding the future of world belongs to five nations as the UN Security Council is comprised of five permanent members and ten temporary members.

He said, “We want to experience a change in UN Security Council and the new formation which should lead justice and equality.”

via President Karzai urges for UN Security Council reform – Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan Online Newspaper.


4 thoughts on “President Karzai urges for UN Security Council reform”

  1. There are a lot of people who would agree with this call for reform in the United Nations. While I think the UN can be effective in some regards, it could be more efficient and productive if it made some changes. I think the Security Council especially needs some attention. I agree that the idea of the P5 needs to be looked at again and possibly even done away with. Hopefully others will begin to listen to what Karzai has to say.

  2. I agree that the Security Council does need some reforming. I believe it represents the world from after WWII and not the present world. But I am not 100% convinced that it needs to be more democratic. We know that democracy is doing much good in the world and that many countries seek it like Karzai said. But the question is, is democracy really the solution for every country? Is being more democratic the solution to the UN Security Council? How does he propose to change the council to make it more democratic besides eliminating the veto? I propose and think that the members of the council should not be states anymore. No more United States, no more China, no more Russia. In place of states, the Security Council can have representatives by region and it can keep those regions it already has in place. For example, the Middle East would have to elect representatives for their region to fight for those things the Middle East wants. The same would go for Western Europe and other and for Latin America. Being represented by region would be a better way to have a democratic Security Council. Even better would be to have the whole world vote and a certain number of people from the whole world. Of course there will be favorites from different regions but the Council would be more diverse and may be function a bit more. Representing a region though is much different from representing a state. This may not be the brightest way to reform the council and it most certainly would never be passed by the P5, but any idea can help. Here is another idea from Germany, India, Brazil and Japan (and really, you can include South Africa as well)

  3. It is interesting that while President Karzai asks for reform in the Security Council regarding the permanent five and focus its attention on rotation within the security council, US and other countries strives for other types of reforms. One of the reforms proposed was to unify the consensus of Italy , Pakistan , Argentina , South Korea , and Mexico. The group of almost 40 countries has formed a direct counter to the proposals presented by the G4 nations. On the other hand, the United States has chosen to focus on reforms of the UN rather than just the Security Council. The desire of the United States to modify certain aspects of the UN shows their desire to increase the effectiveness of the organization.

  4. I think that President Karzai is correct about the reforming of the Security Council. Having only five members with veto power is not democratic, and causes many problems that inhibit the ability of the UN to act. Look at what happened with the crisis in Syria. China and Russia stalled international aid because they continued to veto any resolutions that would help the people in Syria. This caused the UN to be unable to do its job to protect peace and human rights for the world. This video offers insight into the question of Security Council Reform.

    Countries need to not be so wrapped up forwarding their own agendas, and come together with a global perspective to work for the improvement of the world as a whole.

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