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UNSC reform: Zappia on “key role” of non permanent members, fair burden-sharing

NEW YORK, JUNE 6 – “A more transparent and legitimate Security Council is absolutely needed, if we want to foster the trust of public opinion in this Organization and achieve the common goal of strengthening multilateralism”, the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, told a Security Council Open Debate on “Working Methods of the Security Council”. In her address Zappia focused on the “key role” of the non permanent members and on the need for a fair burden-sharing and equal distribution of penholdership and chairmanship of subsidiary bodies among permanent and elected members.

“The Council is a collective body, made up of a number of members that should act together on an equal footing as much as possible. We believe that such fair and equal distribution of duties is consistent with a more transparent, representative, accountable, democratic and efficient Security Council”, said the Italian Ambassador: As experienced in 2017, during the Italian term on the Security Council, coordination among elected members, as well as E10 concerted action, can be a useful tool to overcome stalemates in the Council; to foster participation of civil society, especially women; and to shine a spotlight on crosscutting issues related to peace and security:  “Moreover, our split term with the Netherlands proved that coordination between outgoing and incoming members is key to ensure a smooth transition, in particular in the work of subsidiary organs, allowing newly elected members ‘to hit the ground running'”, added the Italian Ambassador.

The improvement of the working methods aims at a more transparent, accountable, efficient Council. As such, it is inevitably intertwined with a comprehensive reform of the Security Council, including its structure and composition. “We must strive for a modern Council, which enjoys greater authority and legitimacy, which is also more inclusive and democratic. We should then earnestly debate if and how an increased number of veto powers would make the Council more responsive to international crises, or more efficient, democratic, accountable and transparent. In this respect, Italy is ready to engage with the rest of the membership in a constructive dialogue leading to a reform, through which elected members can make a bigger contribution to the Council’s work, also by acting as a bridge towards non-Council members and their concerns”. (@OnuItalia)


Alessandra Baldini
Alessandra Baldinihttps://onuitalia.com
Alessandra Baldini e’ stata la prima donna giornalista parlamentare per l’Ansa, poi corrispondente a Washington e responsabile degli uffici Ansa di New York e Londra. Dirige OnuItalia.

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