Facilitator Releases Status Report on Security Council Reform Process: Maps Way Forward

20 May 2009

Ambassador Zahir Tanin of Afghanistan, Chairman and facilitator of the intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform, released yesterday a paper summarizing the first round of negotiations as well as outlining the process during the coming second round. Member States will meet on Friday, 22 May 2009, to discuss the issue.

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In Fifth Meeting on Security Council Reform, Countries Look at the Relationship Between the General Assembly and the Council

24 April 2009

Member States met on 20 April 2009 to discuss the relationship between the General Assembly and the Security Council in the fifth and last meeting in a first round of negotiations on how to reform the Security Council.

The meeting, which took place in a closed conference room at the UN, was mainly aimed at allowing states to express their respective perspectives on the issue at hand, and not so much at reaching definite agreement at this point.

First Security Council Reform Meeting on Substantive Issue Begins: Countries Talk Categories of Membership

6 March 2009

Member States met on 4 March and 5 March to discuss the first of five key issues related to Security Council reform. During the meeting, a large number of countries presented their perspectives on what new categories of membership should be added to a reformed Council.

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GA President Disappointed with Attempt to Improve the General Assembly’s Role and Authority

by Lydia Swart
5 March 2009

Upon taking office, the current President of the General Assembly (GA), Father Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, made GA revitalization and democratization of the United Nations top priorities of his presidency. His recent attempt, however, to make the Assembly more relevant by addressing the crisis in Gaza - in his own assessment - failed.