Wednesday, 29 April 2015
United Nations Headquarters, Delegates Dining Room 5
Whereas the 70th anniversary year of the United Nations provides an opportunity to take stock of the functioning of the various UN bodies, the negotiations on Security Council reforms remain mostly stagnant. Against this backdrop, on April 29, FES New York hosted a discussion on different initiatives aiming to introduce changes to the working methods of the Council with the objective of contributing to the renewed momentum of the intergovernmental negotiations process on Security Council reform. Representatives from Permanent Missions to the United Nations and experts from civil society exchanged views on the Council’s extension, but also on procedural reforms, such as the propositions to voluntary curb the Permanent Members’ (P5) veto power in cases of mass atrocities. Ample room was also given to the role of the P5 in the selection of the next UN Secretary-General and to the 1for7billion campaign, and other initiatives that promote a transparent and democratic selection process.