Without Security Council reform, UN will lose credibility – General Assembly chief

The United Nations will lose its credibility as the pre-eminent international forum if Member States are unable to agree on reforming the size, membership and working methods of the Security Council, General Assembly President Joseph Deiss said today.

‘Real’ talks on Council reform may begin this year, Assembly President says

General Assembly President Joseph Deiss said today he hopes “real negotiations” may at last get under way this year in the almost two-decades-long process to enlarge the Security Council, bringing the United Nations body whose decisions are binding into line with the Organization’s current membership.

Progress on Security Council reform rests with UN membership – top official

The President of the General Assembly today kicked off an annual debate on reforming the Security Council by urging Member States to show the necessary flexibility and creativity needed to make progress on an issue that has been the subject of discussion for 17 years.

Venezuela wants to suspend Security Council veto rights

Venezuela today called for wholesale reform of the United Nations – suspending veto rights of the five permanent Security Council members, enlarging the 15-member body, strengthening the General Assembly and opening up the election of Secretary-General.

Assembly President calls for revamping UN in final address to Member States

The President of the General Assembly today called for a complete overhaul of the United Nations so that it can effectively carry out its mission, as he wrapped up his year-long term as head of the 192-member body.

Large-scale foreign land acquisitions could harm local people, says UN-backed report

A United Nations-commissioned study shows that land acquisitions are on the increase in Africa, Latin America, Central Asia and Southeast Asia, raising the risk that poor people will lose access to land, water, and other resources.

New panel has vital role in reforming UN’s internal justice system, says chief

A newly-created group of legal experts will play a pivotal part in improving the system of internal justice within the United Nations, the body’s head said today.

Flexibility necessary during Security Council reform talks – Assembly President

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim today called on United Nations Member States to show “effective flexibility” during negotiations on reshaping the Security Council’s size and membership and to remember that without compromises by all sides there will be no reform.

General Assembly President notes progress in debate on UN management reform

United Nations Member States are heading towards a common understanding of what path to take on management reform of the world body, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today after the Assembly wrapped up its first-ever thematic debate of the issue.

Ban Ki-moon seeks backing of Member States for UN management reform

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Member States to support proposals to further strengthen the United Nations, particularly in the areas of procurement, accountability and human resources, as the General Assembly began a two-day debate on management reform.