- “Absent reform of its composition and working, a Security Council without legitimacy faces the risk to be swept aside.”
2. In a complex world the UN is increasingly working with and through regional organisations and necessarily aligning its interests with regional powers who play an important role in their respective geographical space. We therefore provide for a category of regional powers, consisting of states that are elected to serve on the UNSC for an immediately renewable term of five years. Each of the five electoral regions that currently elect the non-permanent members of the UNSC would elect one regional state for every 22 of its members.
Dr Jakkie Cilliers is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Security Studies and head of African Futures and Innovation at the Pretoria office of the ISS. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria and serves on the editorial boards of the African Security Review and the South African Journal of International Affairs.
Nicole Fritz is the founding Executive Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) and an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria and at the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Law. She sits on the board of the Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) and is currently working as a consultant for Elect the Council.
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