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Plenary meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations - Question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and other matters related to the Security Council

Published Wednesday July 27 2016

Unofficial translation

New York, 27 July 2016


Statement by H.E. Ms. Sylvie Lucas

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg



Mr. President,

Dear colleagues,

Allow me to make some remarks, as the 70th session of the General Assembly is about to conclude its consideration of the question of Security Council reform.

First, I would like to thank you, Mr. President, for your trust and your support throughout this session. It was an honour to chair the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council reform on your behalf. When you entrusted me with that task in October of last year, I was conscious of the responsibility that comes with it; I am even more conscious of it today.

My thanks also go to the Member States and to the groups of Member States, which took part in a constructive way in our meetings and which have responded to my invitation to focus on the substance of Security Council reform and to identify points of convergence with the positions of other Member States or groups of Member States.

On 30 October 2015, before this Assembly, I pledged to do my utmost to advance the negotiations on Council reform. Our meetings this year provided an opportunity to discuss all key issues of reform: categories of membership, the question of the veto, regional representation, size of an enlarged Security Council and working methods of the Council, and the relationship between the Council and the General Assembly.

Based on the statements of Member States during our meetings and the references in those meetings to the positions of Member States reflected in the text and its annex circulated on 31 July 2015, elements of convergence have emerged on two of the five key issues I have just mentioned: the relationship between the Council and the General Assembly, and size of an enlarged Security Council and working methods of the Council.

I am convinced that those elements of convergence circulated on 12 July 2016 by the President of the General Assembly will be helpful in the negotiations going forward, bearing in mind that Council reform will have to be a comprehensive reform, addressing the five key issues.

In the course of this session, I endeavouredto listen to all Member States. I have worked in complete independence, in an impartial manner, to foster an environment conducive to advance negotiations. If we have been able to continue moving forward, ever so slightly, on the path to Security Council reform, it is thanks to the commitment and cooperation of all my colleagues and their teams.

Much remains to be done to achieve Security Council reform. Much is at stake, but if Member States engage and negotiate in good faith, reform is not impossible. Reform is possible. Reform is more needed than ever, for the credibility and for the effectiveness of the United Nations.


I thank you.