Issue Brief on “UNSC Reforms: A Pakistani Perspective”


The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is a key organ of the UN body, but has been under the spot light when it comes to the issue of reform and expansion. The Security Council is currently composed of five permanent members, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States and 10 non-permanent members that are elected in groups of five to two-year terms. Questions regarding the democratic credentials of the council have often arisen and there has been a lot of debate about the unfair advantage of the five permanent members with the veto power.

The issue is about more representation and more democracy and Pakistan has reiterated its concerns about these issues time and again at the UN forum. Pakistan has been unvarying in its stance that UNSC reforms should make this vital organ for peace and security more democratic, effective and responsive to the aspirations of the member states, and a reformed UNSC should reflect interests of the wider membership of the UN.

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