The United Nations is an organization that we have inherited from a generation that had experienced two world wars. It is vital that we manage that legacy well. Recent events raise in a very unpleasant way the question of the true state of the Organization. The most serious problem is that the Security Council, the UN’s most powerful organ, is sometimes its weakest link. The Council must be reformed.
The Security Council has fifteen members: five permanent, France, China, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States, and ten elected for a two year period – five new members every year. Sweden is a member of the Council for the period 2017–2018.