”The UN Security Council Must Be Reformed”

One of the most important tasks that Sweden and the other elected members of the UN Security Council now have is to ensure that a serious discussion about reforms is conducted within the Council. A prerequisite for a meaningful reform of the Security Council is namely that the three remaining permanent members, China, Russia and the United States, join the Code, writes Former Ambassador Hans Corell.

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The crux of the problem is that the five permanent members, who all have veto power, often cannot agree when the need is the greatest. The latest serious instance is Syria, writes Hans Corell.

The crux of the problem is that the five permanent members, who all have veto power, often cannot agree when the need is the greatest. The latest serious instance is Syria, writes Hans Corell.

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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.

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