Jonathan Calls For Reform Of UN Security Council

President Goodluck Jonathan has called for a reform of the United Nations Security Council, as he asked for a collective fight against terrorism in the world.

He has therefore asked for “equitable representation of all regions in the decision making process of the Council.”

Jonathan, who spoke, Wednesday at the United Nations General Assembly in New York made a case for a more inclusive UN security council, as he called for equitable representation of all regions.

“The failure of unanimity of action by the Security Council over pressing challenges to global peace and security, in Syria, Iraq, the conflict in Ukraine, and the renewed aggression between Israel and Palestine, have strengthened the case for the reform of the Security Council.

“Today’s challenges can only be resolved by a Security Council whose working methods engender transparency, inclusivity, and common ownership through equitable representation of all regions in the decision making process of the Council.

“It is imperative that we take advantage of 2015, which also marks the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 reform, to make concrete progress on the reform of the Council.

President Jonathan therefore called “for a fast-tracked process, in line with the initiative of His Excellency John Ashe, President of the 68th General Assembly, for establishing a working Group on reform.”

He said that the Security Council requires the collective resolve of all member states to ensure that 2015 brings decisive progress.

He also noted that foreign fighters get involved in terror attacks happening in countries around the world, citing Boko Haram, Al Shaabab in Somalia and Al Qaeda in the Maghreb.

“Today’s terrorism is vicious and aimless. Its consequences are extremely agonizing, marked by a tendency to annihilate victims, and completely destroy infrastructure and properties,” said Jonathan, as he highlighted the need for urgent action.