Brazil Presses Ahead to Reform and Get Permanent Seat at UN

Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, says he has felt a “reform impulse” in the air during conversations with other diplomats at the UN with regard to Security Council changes.

Amorim has been busy. He has met with both the outgoing president of the General Assembly, Jean Ping, and the new one, Jean Eliasson. He participated in a meeting of the G4 (Brazil, Germany, India and Japan) with the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan.


Amorim is also aware that reforming an organization with 190 members is not an easy task.


“This is not something simple, but there is a feeling that it is the right thing. It is just right to make the Security Council more balanced in its representativity,” he declared.


The G4 proposal for Security Council reform calls for expanding the total number of members from 15 to 25, and the number of permanent members from 5 to 11 (adding representatives from the Americas (1), Europe (1), Asia (2) and Africa (2). The members of the G4 would become permanent members, but without veto power.


The G4 proposal should go to a vote in the General Assembly before the end of July. To be approved it needs two-thirds of the votes (128). In the General Assembly each country has one vote and there are no vetoes.


ABr – www.radiobras.gov.br

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil: Dear President, Can You Spare a Job?

Mr. President, how about a popular vote to find out from Brazilians themselves what ...

Brazil Only Loses to Chile in High Cost of Living in South America

Chile, Brazil and Uruguay have the highest cost of living in Latinamerica according to ...

Castro Uses Mercosur Stage to Accuse US of 600 Plots to Kill Him

Fidel Castro arrived in Argentina to sign cooperation and trade agreements with the Mercosur ...

Brazilian Bikini Maker Finds Out Exporting Is the Answer

The daughter of a seamstress, Ielra Viter, then an 18-year-old, decided to take a ...

Brazil’s Ex-Minister Pans Lula for Bush Bashing and Third World Mentality

Former Brazilian Finance Minister Mailson da Nóbrega says President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ...

New Signs of Brazilian Industry’s Contraction

Industrial production in Brazil dropped 2% in September, compared with August. In comparison with ...

Brazilian bishops

After the Generals the Catholic Bishops Wage War Against Lula

After apparently overcoming military intransigence Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his ...

Brazil Ready to Help Exporters Hit by Cheap Dollar

The Brazilian government is preparing a package of measures to help exporters hit by ...

Brazil Starts Year with US$ 916 Million Trade Surplus

Brazilian exports totalled the equivalent to US$ 3.577 billion up to the second week ...

Petrobras floating platform

Don’t Expect Brazil’s Ultra-Deep Sea Oil Flowing Before 2013

Sergio Gabrielli, the CEO of Brazil's state-controlled oil and gas multinational Petrobras said that ...