Reforming the UN Security Council is vital and requires, first of all, the change of the veto procedure, as Ukrainian delegation said at the informal meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform, according to the mission’s statement.
“In the process of negotiations special emphasis should be paid to such issues as the veto right and working methods of the Council,” the mission noted.
Apart from that, in the past two years of Ukraine’s participation in the UNSC, it noted a few “institutional shortcomings” of the Council.“Moreover, as a country under attack from its neighbour we also feel first-hand consequences of the Council’s embedded flaws,” Ukrainian mission says.
Consequently, the veto right means that “just one delegation can render the Council completely paralyzed in situations when the Council’s action is badly needed. There have been way too many instances of such abuses of the veto right in recent years”.
Ukraine’s mission also drew attention to other challenges of reforming the Council. One of them is the requirement to have a consensual document before the negotiations actually started. “Consensus is something that you reach in the end of the negotiations, not something that is there before the negotiations. Let’s start negotiating and work on reaching consensus on the substance”.
“In conclusion, I hope that this year we will finally start negotiating a text leading us all towards a common goal of having a reformed Security Council,” the mission concluded.