The UN wakes up and wants to open the Security Council to Africa


It is abnormal that no African country sits among the permanent members of the Security Council, admitted Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General.
The BRICS are being emulated. While the group has admitted two new African countries to its ranks, the UN also wants the continent to take a more prominent place in the Security Council, said its secretary general, Antonio Guterres.
The Security Council in particular is dominated by five permanent members, none of whom represent the interests of the continent. An anomaly that should be repaired, explained the manager who was pleased that the question was now clearly posed.

Africa wants a seat, Russia supports

For several years, African bodies have been pushing for a permanent seat for Africa on the Security Council. A fight supported by Moscow, which wants a “strengthening of the positions of the African continent” in the world system, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently declared.

Despite everything, Africa had slightly improved its positions at the UN in June, obtaining two non-permanent seats on the Security Council, for 2024 and 2025. Algeria and Sierra Leone had thus made their entry.

The Security Council is the executive body of the United Nations. It is made up of 15 members, including five permanent members which are Russia, China, the United States, France and the United Kingdom. They have substantial privileges, in particular the right of veto. Non-permanent members are elected for two years.

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