The President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Tijjanu Muhammad-Bande says reforming the UN Security Council to give powers to others is not going to be an easy tasks.
He disclosed this on Monday when he held a virtual interactive session with Nigerian-based foreign and diplomatic correspondents.
He said that although all organs of the UN were undergoing reforms, that of Security Council was particularly not going to be easy.
“All organs of the United Nations are undergoing reforms including the secretariat in terms of how it serves countries around the world, in terms of representation.
“There has been ad hoc discussion on the revitalization of the work of the General Assembly, we have been able to align processes around the work of the UN, there is a lot of effort at reforms.
“Security Council reform is also ongoing at an inter-governmental negotiation framework
“In the next few weeks and few months impactful meetings can happen and we expect more progress to be made to reform the Security Council.
“But make no mistake about it, it is not going to be an easy ride for anyone, it is a very complex issue trying to get power to others from those who currently hold it,” he said.
The UNGA President however noted that most of the reform process have been slow due to difficulty to hold impactful meetings involving all countries at the same time.
He disclosed that some progress has been made in terms of the common African position.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the current negotiation process for reforms is based on ”Decision 62/557” which was adopted in 2008.
It defines five key issues for reform: categories of membership, the question of the veto, regional representation, the size of an enlarged Security Council and its working
NAN reports that ”decision 62/557” also stipulates that any solution must garner “the widest possible political acceptance”, although in 1998 the UN General Assembly already agreed that the support of two-thirds of UN member states is sufficient.
Any reform of the Security Council would require the agreement of at least two-thirds of UN member states in a vote in the General Assembly and must be ratified by two-thirds of Member States.
All of the permanent members of the UNSC (which have veto rights) must also agree.
The permanent members are China, France, Russian Federation, the UK and the United States
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Emir of llorin mourns Zazzau’s counterpart, Shehu ldris
The Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has commiserated with people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State Government over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
In a condolence message signed by his media aide. AbdulAzeez Arowona in llorin on Monday, Sulu-Gambari described the demise of the frontline monarch as a colossal loss to the entire people of Zazzau Emirate, Kaduna State and Nigerians in general.
The monarch said late Shehu Idris was a compassionate personality whose contributions to nation building would not be forgotten in a hurry.
He condoled with Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State as well as the entire traditional rulers in the state over the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Maharazu Ahmed
Lagos Speaker greets Oluremi Tinubu at 60
The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday felicitated Sen. Oluremi Tinubu on the occasion of her 60th birthday celebration.
Obasa, who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, disclosed this in a congratulatory message in Lagos.
The speaker described Mrs Tinubu as a priceless gift to Lagos State and a great source of inspiration for women.
He said: “Your tenacious and resilient commitment to the cause of girl-child education is widely acknowledged.
“You have continued to work hard for the well-being of others with unquantifiable zeal, and with zest for the less privileged.
“You have been doing this with a large heart pulsating with care and compassion for all, regardless of class or creed.
“Your motherly disposition to societal welfare is legendary and your exemplary character is worthy of appreciation and emulation.”
Obasa prayed that Almighty God would continue to bless Sen. Tinubu, be with her and grant her divine enablement in her unrelenting quest for a better life for all.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Wale Ojetimi
S/Africa seeks continent’s permanent representation at UN Security Council – Ramaphosa
South Africa advocates for the continent to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
Ramaphosa said this ahead of his address for the high-level week of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
The 75th session of the General Assembly opened on Sept. 15. The high-level week will run from Monday until Sept. 29.
“We … need to strengthen bodies like the UN, ensure they are properly resourced and that they are representative.
“We must use this 75th anniversary to push ahead with the reform of the UN and particularly its Security Council, which does not give equal voice to the different regions of the world.
As South Africa, we will use our virtual presence in New York to continue to advocate for Africa – a continent of more than a billion people – to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council,” the statement read.
Earlier this year, a similar idea was voiced by Cairo.
In particular, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry proposed that two permanent seats be allocated to the African continent in the UN Security Council with full powers, including veto, following its reformation.
So far, there are five permanent members at the UN Security Council that have the right to veto — China, Russia, the United States, France and the UK.
The other 10 members of the UN body are non-permanent and elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.
South Africa was elected as a non-permanent member for 2019 to 2020.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Sadiya Hamza
International Peace Day: Commission calls for collective action to promote peace in Kaduna
The Executive Vice Chairman, Kaduna State Peace Commission, Priscilla Ankut, has called for collective action to promote peace and security in the state.
Ankut made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna on Monday, to mark the International Day of Peace.
The theme of the International Peace Day is ‘Shaping Peace Together in the COVID-19 era.’
She said residents must enthrone actions, individually and collectively, for peace and justice to thrive in the state.
“Today’s event offers the people of Kaduna State an opportunity for further reflection on actions that can be taken together to shape peace and justice in the state in the COVID-19 era.
“Despite the existing security challenges in flash point local governments of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kajuru, Kaura, Kauru, Jemaa and Zango Kataf, the Commission, joined by stakeholders and well-meaning residents of Kaduna state, have continued to persevere and sustain the momentum of peace-building.”
Ankut regretted that the commemoration was taking place at a time when the state is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, insecurity and criminality which have led to avoidable loss of precious lives in the state and Nigeria in general.
She, however, said that with the support of government, security agencies, NGOs, CBOs, women and youth groups, traditional and religious leaders, the commission has been shaping the peace and transforming the narrative from one of violence to one of sustainable peace and development.
“The resilience of peace artisans, especially in our local communities have been a source of encouragement.
“The commission believes that with further commitments and efforts, creativity and resourcefulness, the match toward peaceful and harmonious coexistence will be achieved sooner than later,’’ she said.
Ankut urged individuals and groups across communities, especially those that have been affected by violence, not to relent in their quest for peace and harmonious coexistence.
“This is because sustained community-driven initiatives are the most reliable and lasting instruments of building peace.
“Today, should remind us of where we are coming from, and the possibility that we are heading toward overcoming and containing insecurity, criminality, mutual misunderstanding and mistrust in our communities.
“Together, we will ensure a just, secure and peaceful environment for everyone in our dear state,’’ she added.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/ Maharazu Ahmed