Africans reboot quest for permanent seats at UNSC

The UN Security Council in New York where Africa is vying to be availed permanent seats.
The UN Security Council in New York where Africa is vying to be availed permanent seats.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa

The Pan African Parliament (PAP) has rebooted Africa’s petition for permanent seats at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and has threatened to take part in a campaign non-cooperation with the UNSC until Africa is granted seats.

The Security Council is currently made up of five permanent members known as the “Big Five” which include China, France, United Kingdom, United States and Russia. The petition was raised at the 7th sitting of the parliament at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, seeking at least two permanent representatives at UNSC.

While presenting a paper entitled “Changing the UN system for a better world”, the Chairperson of the African Parliamentary Alliance for UN Reforms, Onyango Kakoba appealed to the continental legislature to fast track African representation at the council by 2020. “The UN Charter on reforms embodies a unique commitment to guarantee Africa’s inalienable right to be represented and to participate meaningfully in the world order capable of maintaining global peace and security,” he observed.

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