UN SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM
THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW
WHITE MINORITY RULE IS NOT A VIABLE SOLUTION
FOR THE ENTIRE PLANET.
UN SECURITY COUNCIL PERMANENT MEMBERS ARE
FOUR WHITE PEOPLE AND ONE CHINESE PERSON
DOES THE U.S. REALLY CARE ABOUT DEMOCRACY AND GLOBAL FAIRNESS?
GLOBAL MAJORITY DEMANDS A VOTE. IT'S TIME FOR AMERICA TO PUT UP OR
IT'S TIME THE MAJORITY OF THE WORLD'S PEOPLE HAD
OF THE PERMANENT UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEATS.
THE UN'S 80% WHITE MAJORITY
OF PERMANENT UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
RULING AS A GLOBAL MINORITY
We cannot expect to come together as a planet when we have a Security Council
that is a legacy of western imperialism, that consists of four white Europeans
and one Chinese person. This is bad joke. Titus Alexander, the former
chair of Westminster United Nations Association, once succinctly described the
Security Council as a "pillar of apartheid."
The current UN Security Council is a legacy of the Post-World War II era. The
nations that were the victors of the war were made into permanent members:
Russia, The United Kingdom, The United States - along with France and China.
These permanent members have the power to veto any substantive Security Council
resolution, including the admission of a new member state or a candidate for
Secretary General. The Security Council also has ten non-permanent members who
are elected on a regional basis to serve two year terms.
The reality is that the current Security Council reflects a bygone era, and
not the current global order. When the veto power is in the hands of a
global minority, can they really make decisions that would be in the best
interests of the global majority? We think not.
Japan is the third biggest economy in the globe and India has the second
largest population in the world. Yet these countries are not represented.
A reformed Security Council would at least include India and Japan as
permanent members. Latin America, Africa and the Middle Eastern states
should each be able to nominate a permanent member to represent them.
France and England should give up their seats in favor of an EU representative.
If the Security Council cannot reform itself to reflect the global
community, then it will continue to ignite conflict around the globe. Voices
from the global majority will speak out and begin to take matters into their own
Voices from the world's developing majority are already beginning to speak
out. The G77 is a UN Coalition that represents 133 of the world's developing
nations. While this group doesn't have an accurate name to describe their
coalition (since there are more than 77 members), they do represent a majority
of the world's population. This group recently celebrated their 50th anniversary
of existence with a summit in Bolivia. At this summit, the G77 discussed a "new
world order for living well." The final declaration of the summit stressed the
need for a global order that can adequately represent ALL of the world's people
- not just some, along with achieving environmental sustainability.
Future Fund Report: The 2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz - Global Majority Speaks
QUOTES FROM HEADS OF STATE AND DIPLOMATS ABOUT
SECURITY COUNCIL REFORM:
There are many others who agree that the UN Security Council is severely out
Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia, recently called the Security Council
an "insecurity council" at the 2014 G77 Bolivia Summit.
"Rather than fostering peace among nations, this body has promoted
wars and invasions by imperial powers in their quest for the natural resources
available in the invaded countries. Instead of a Security Council, today we
witness an insecurity council of imperial wars." (Morales
Speech Transcript: World Future Fund)
In 2013, the South African President, Jacob Zuma described the Security
Council as a rule of the minority.
"You have a minority that has the last word and unfortunately is no longer
helping. It is actually becoming part of the problem," Zuma said, decrying the
Council's actions over conflicts in Iraq and Libya over the past ten years. "As
small countries we believe the arrangement is unfair, it is undemocratic, it's
not good any more (Fox
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg of the U.K warned that the UN Security
Council is on the verge of becoming an "anachronism." In his own words he
claims, "The UN does not adequately reflect the world we live in today." He made
a demand for permanent seats for Japan, Germany, Brazil and India. He also
added, "The Security Council must be reformed. Unless more room is made at the
top table, it will become an anachronism - a relic of a different time. (BBC,
In 2012, Sergei Lavrov, The Minister of Foreign Affairs in Russia advocated
the inclusion of Brazil and India into the Security Council. He also stated that
the Security Council must represent the pluralism of today's global community. (Voice
of Russia, 12-24-12)
The Global Policy Forum calls the Security Council an undemocratic
organization that exists to give privileges to the victors of World War II:
"The veto powers of the Big Five constitute the very essence of the United
Nations. The international organization is not democratic. Its members do not
have equal rights. The five countries which reaped the fruits of victory in
World War II were accorded special privileges. Indeed, the structure of the
international organization charged with maintaining world order was based on the
premise that what is considered legal is only what is acceptable to these five
privileged members concomitantly (Global
POPULATIONS OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL COUNTRIES, AS A
PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL WORLD POPULATION
Should 74% of the world's people be disenfranchised?
The populations of the U.N. Security Council permanent
members added up together are only 26% of the world population.
Without China, the other four countries are only 8% of the
WHERE THE WORLD'S POPULATION IS AT
WORLD FUTURE FUND REPORTS
The 2014 G77 Summit in Santa Cruz - Global Majority Speaks Out
Morales G77 Bolivia Summit 2014 Speech Transcript
Building a Sustainable Future: An Outline For Reform
OTHER RELEVANT LINKS
Outdated United Nations 'must reform', warns Nick Clegg, British Deputy Prime
Minister (BBC, 9-23-13)
'Outdated' UN Security Council 'undemocratic': South African President (Fox
Lavrov – Russia supports UN Security Council reform (Voice of Russia,
Security Council Reform (Global Policy)
P-5 Veto Outdated (Global Policy, 7-14-99)