UN re­form

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An im­por­tant ad­vo­cate for UN re­form, China is at the fore­front of the push to in­crease rep­re­sen­ta­tion of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, be­liev­ing this should be given pri­or­ity. With de­vel­op­ing coun­tries ac­count­ing for more than two thirds of the UN mem­ber­ship, they are grossly un­der-rep­re­sented in the Se­cu­rity

in Septem­ber this year, China vowed to sup­port UN re­form, es­pe­cially re­forms to the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil so as to in­crease the voice of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs.

“The re­form should be an all-round process for bal­anced progress on se­cu­rity, de­vel­op­ment and hu­man rights. In par­tic­u­lar, pos­i­tive re­sults should be achieved in de­vel­op­ment, as it con­cerns the vi­tal in­ter­ests of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries,” the pa­per said.

Dur­ing the more than 70 years since the UN was es­tab­lished, the num­ber of its mem­bers has grown dra­mat­i­cally from 51 in 1945 to 193 today. Most of the in­creased mem­ber­ship is de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, in­clud­ing 54 from Africa.

“While the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil [is] re­view­ing is­sues re­lated to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, we should have de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, es­pe­cially those from Africa, play big­ger roles in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil,” said Wu Haitao, Deputy Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of China to the United Na­tions in the UN Head­quar­ters in New York in May.

Ac­cord­ing to Wu, UN re­form should fa­cil­i­tate more coun­tries, es­pe­cially small and medium-sized coun­tries, to en­ter the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in turn. Com­ments to niyan­shuo@chi­nafrica.cn

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