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“Elect the Council”: civil society campaign for the UN Security Council reform

There is near unanimous consensus on the need for the United Nations Security Council to be reformed, but progress has so far been impossible due to power politics.


After the 1965 enlargement of the non-permanent members of the Security Council from six to 10 members, reform has been on the agenda since Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s appointment as UN Secretary-General in 1992, but has delivered nothing. Meantime, the roles and influence of civil society organisations in global governance has expanded.

A new campaign by the African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS), called Elect the Council, advocates that civil society should bring its weight to bear on the task of major structural and procedural reform that would make the UN Security Council representative, allow it to retrieve its legitimacy and relevance, and enhance its effectiveness.

For this purpose, the ISS launched its formal proposal for consultation on the Elect the Council website, that is a global civil society initiative to advocate for countries to be elected on a proportional basis to the UN Security Council and to do away with the system of permanent members and veto rights over a 15-year transitional period.

More information on the campaign can be found at:
Elect the Council website
Institute for Security Studies

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