European Council president says UN system 'sclerotic, hobbled'
Baku, September 22, AZERTAC
European Council President Charles Michel said Thursday that the United Nations system is "sclerotic and hobbled by hostile forces" and highlighted the pressing need for a revamp of the global body's decision-making process, according to Anadolu Agency.
Michel's remarks came during his speech at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
"We must assume our responsibility, and that means being engaged in order to put multilateral cooperation back on solid ground. And to that end, what we need is to first restore trust, solve the most urgent problems, and repair the United Nations system," he said.
He also expressed his support for initiatives aimed at restricting veto powers within the UN Security Council during emergency situations and broadening its global representation.
Michel said the current structure of the UN Security Council does not adequately represent today's global landscape and undermines the organization's legitimacy.
One key proposal gaining traction is the establishment of a mechanism that combines majority decision-making with a more controlled and flexible use of the veto right.
"Currently, 60 countries have never had a seat on the Security Council. Entire swaths of the world -- Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Asia -- are under- or non-represented. We support a comprehensive reform of the Security Council to amplify the voice of these regions and countries," he added.
The European Union holds the status of a permanent observer at the UN.