Kuwait seeks per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tion at UNSC

Kuwait do­nates $6.4 mil­lion to UN

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

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.

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