Issue brief on “Pakistan’s Opposition to the Creation of New Permanent Seats at UNSC”


Pakistan on Monday, November 7, 2016 strongly opposed the creation of new permanent seats at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The opposition came during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session on Security Council Reforms. While addressing the session, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi voiced Pakistan’s concerns over the creation of new permanent seats at the UNSC and said that Pakistan firmly opposes the idea of such a move.

Dr. Lodhi rightly pointed out that the creation of new permanent seats will definitely “serve to satisfy the hunger for power and privilege of a few states and not address the issue of representation.” Pakistan also raised its concerns and question earlier in June this year about how the addition of new permanent seats to the UNSC will improve the representativeness and effectiveness of the UNSC body. A body whose very existence puts a big question mark in academic circles on the democratic nature of the UN organisation.

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