United Nations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the British agenda is for reform of the UN; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The UK has been and will continue to be a strong advocate of reforming the UN system, including UN specialised agencies. We believe the UN should do more to prioritise its activity and work to achieve the greatest possible results with its limited resources. We support the UN Secretary-General’s work to modernise the UN, which includes ensuring: that UN staff are employed as far as possible on front-line activity; performance management systems fully reflect international best practice; and the UN harnesses modern IT to drive efficiencies, including via more streamlined budgeting. The UK also continues to push for reforms to ensure the costs of UN activity are apportioned fairly among member states.

The UK remains committed to reforming the UN Security Council so it is more reflective of the modern world—although we must ensure any reform does not reduce the Council’s ability to respond to threats to global peace and security. We support new permanent seats for Brazil, India, Germany and Japan, and permanent African representation.

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