Speaking from the tribune of the General Assembly today, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla called for a profound reform of the United Nations, starting with the 15-member Security Council.
“The United Nations requires a profound reform and the defence of its principles. The Secretary-General should be an advocator and guarantor of international peace and security,” he told the Assembly on the fourth day of its 69th annual high-level meeting.
“The Security Council should be rebuilt upon democracy, transparency, a fair representation of the countries of the South that are discriminated against among Permanent and Non-Permanent Members, credibility, strict observance of the United Nations Charter, without double standards, obscure procedures or the anachronistic veto.”
He also called on the international community to respond vigorously to the UN appeal for help to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and condemned United States actions around the world, including its bombing attacks in Iraq and Syria “in contempt for the United Nations Organization.”
Since Wednesday, speakers have taken to the podium in the UN’s renovated General Assembly Hall to address the 193 Member State on the theme of “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” as well as urgent crises ranging from the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and South Sudan.