South African Government Strategy for the Reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 1633

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 34 OF 21 OCTOBER 2005

MR D H M GIBSON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Whether, following the UN 2005 World Summit - High-level Plenary Meeting of the 60th Session of the General Assembly, the Government has a new strategy to lobby for reform of the Security Council; if not, why not; if so, what steps will she take in this regard?
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REPLY:

Yes.

While the 2005 World Summit accepted that it was not possible to arrive at a decision on the reform of the UN Security Council in September 2005, the Summit's Outcome Document expresses support for the early reform of the Security Council as an essential element of the overall UN reform effort.

South Africa's position on United Nations reform has been closely co-ordinated with the relevant African Union positions. To this end, South Africa's position on Security Council reform is aligned with and expressed through the African Common Position.

We continue to lobby countries of the world on this matter.






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