Kuwait seeks permanent representation at UNSC
Kuwait donates $6.4 million to UN
Kuwait has asked for a permanent seat for the group at the UN Security Council in the future reforms of the Council. Equitable representation at, and expansion of the UNSC membership, are essential pillars of the process to revitalize the work of the UN as a whole, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN Mansur Al-Otaibi said on Monday. He was speaking at a UN General Assembly debate on the item of the fair representation at the UNSC in the future UN reforms.
The accelerated challenges facing the international community require accelerated steps to reform the UNSC and make it better able to address these challenges in a more credible transparent and impartial way, Ambassador Otaibi stressed.
He highlighted the significance of the ongoing intergovernmental negotiations at the UNGA in reaching a mutuallyacceptable consensus among the UN member states on the UNSC reforms pursuant to the UNGA Resolution 62/557. The resolution, adopted on 15 September 2008 by a UNGA informal plenary during the 63rd UNGA session, commenced the intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reforms.
Ambassador Otaibi regretted the failure of the UNSC to shoulder its responsibilities to maintain the world peace and security due over the last two decades to the abuse by some of its permanent member states of their veto powers. The veto was used 15 times in this period to protect the illegitimate practices of the Israeli occupation forces in occupied Arab territories, he added.
In other news, Kuwait on Monday announced voluntary donations amounting to $6.419 million for the 2017 aid programs of the UN agencies. Announcing the new contributions at a press conference, Kuwait’s deputy permanent delegate to the UN Abdulaziz Saud Al-Jarallah said Kuwait has honored all its aid pledges pursuant to the directives and initiatives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The new contributions reaffirm Kuwait’s long history of supporting the economic development around the globe, he added.
Al-Jarallah noted that $2 million will go to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), $1 million to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR), and $1 million to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, (CERF).
The contributions also include $570,000 which will go to the UN Development Program (UNDP), $500,000 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, $ 500,000 to the UN Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR), $354,000 to UN Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), $200,000 to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), $200,000 to the UN Environment Program (UNEP), $50,000 to the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), $20,000 to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), USD 10,000 to the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, $10,000 to the UN housing fund, and $5,000 to the UN Fund for Drug Abuse Control.
Separately, a Kuwaiti diplomat said that achieving any sort of reforms within the structure of the UNSC will require patience and flexibility without the need for further complications. In a speech to a meeting on UNSC reforms, Member of the Kuwaiti delegation partaking in the 71st UN General Assembly in New York, second secretary Hassan Shakr Abulhassan said that Kuwait’s stance on the issue was clear, the Security Council must have equal representation which reflected the status of the UN as an international organization.
Reforms should be carried out regularly to make sure that the UNSC and other United Nations institutions will continue to work properly and efficiently, said Abulhassan. The Kuwaiti diplomat stressed that the status quo of the 1945 era should not continue to dedicate how the world dealt with current challenges.
On the veto, Abulhassan said that the motion should be thoroughly revised to prevent any further abuse of this great responsibility. Nations, considered to have less influence on world affairs, should be provided with chance to represent at the UNSC, said Abulhassan, adding that Kuwait was for a permanent Arab seat at the council. Over two decades have passed since talks on UNSC reforms began and the world needs such restructuring to happen to prevent continuous political chaos in the world, said Abulhassan.