Africa: UN Security Council

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 20 July 2023.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education)

To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the speech by the Foreign Secretary on 29 June, what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed addition of a permanent member of the UN Security Council from an African nation.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK has a clear and longstanding position on UN Security Council (UNSC) reform, including support for permanent African representation on the Council, as referenced in the Foreign Secretary's speech on multilateralism on 29 June.

The UK believes that UNSC reform is needed to make the Council more representative of the world. Coupled with a renewed commitment to the UN Charter, a reformed Council would be well placed to respond decisively to threats to international peace and security.

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