During his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Joe Biden declared that the U.S. is open to U.N. Security Council reform. Though major reforms are unlikely, Washington still needs to demonstrate that it is at least serious about the effort. That could mean looking for fairly quick wins to show it means business.
Joe Biden called for reforming the U.N. Security Council last week, in an effort to counter Russia’s intransigence and complete disregard for a core principle of the U.N. Charter: the territorial integrity of the U.N.’s member states. But while calls for reforms are understandable, they are not going to happen. Nor should they.
In their speeches to the U.N. General Assembly this week, African leaders reflected on the common theme of the continent’s place in the world, while emphasizing a message of equity and inclusivity in global governance. This was underlined by their now-familiar demands for reform of the Security Council.