October 25, 2021

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UN Security Council reform a big challenge…Outgoing UNGA President

UN Security Council reform a big challenge…Outgoing UNGA President
…Says UN aligns with ECOWAS on Mali political crisis

President of UNGA, Prof. Tijjani Mohammad-Bande

From: Vincent Ikuomola , Abuja

The outgoing President of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Tijjani Mohammad-Bande has described the much talked about reform of the UN Security Council as a big challenge.
Mohammad-Bande said it was a difficult task to make people cede some of the powers they were holding onto.
He however said it was an African issue and the continent had made clear it stand that it must have a permanent seat at the Security Council.
Muhammad-Bamde was elected the President of the 74th session of the UN General Assmbly on June 4, 2019, and later succeeded María Fernanda Espinosa, whose term officially ended in September 2019.
The outgoing UNGA President is expected to bow out this month after completing his one year term in office.
Responding to questions from Diplomatic Correspondents via zoom, on the reform, he said “It is an African issue. The view is, we need to reform the UN as the continent is the only one not represented at the UN Security Council.
“The reform of the Security Council is the most difficult. It is never an easy thing to make people cede power it is a big challenge .
“African position is well known-that is, Africa desire a permanent seat on the Security Council.
While noting that many African countries are not happy with the pace the reform is going, Mohammad-Bande however said that the push is not going to be an easy one as it will need a lot of negotiation that must be accepted by a number of countries.
He revealed that under his watch, UNGA set up a committer to look into the review but the committee was slowed down by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the committee met twice before the global lockdown.
Mohammed said virtual meeting could not hold as many saw the issue very big to what could be discussed virtually.
On issue of Mali, he said UNGA was not sikebr as it was in touch with African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
He said UN was on the same page with ECOWAS on the resolution of the crisis and would rather depend on the regional body, which he described as very effective.
He said UN was working closely with the leadership of ECOWAS adding that there was coordination between all the bodies.
“There are lots of discussions on the ground and UN will listen to those in ground (ECOWAS). There is a strong collaboration,” he added.