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The Reform of the UN Security Council


This paper aims to review the proposals for reform of the UN Security Council (SC) put forward since the 1950s and evaluate the most recent ones in order to see whether reform is desirable and/or feasible. The author analyses key issues at the centre of the current debate on SC reform (size of an enlarged Council, categories of membership and regional representation, the veto, SC’s working methods, relations with the General Assembly). He also examines the future role of the European Union in the SC, and such issues as closer coordination among EU members and the Lisbon Treaty's safeguards for the rights of permanent members, including the veto. The paper was prepared for the second meeting of Working Group I on “The Reform of the UN Security Council: What Role for the EU?”, held in Rome on 14 May 2010, in the framework of the IAI-University of Kiel project on “The European Union and the Reform of the United Nations” (Effective Multilateralism).

Documento preparato per il seminario "The Reform of the UN Security Council: What Role for the EU?", Roma, 14 maggio 2010. Versione successiva: "The Reform of the UN Security Council", in Joachim Krause and Natalino Ronzitti (eds.), The EU, the UN and collective security. Making multilateralism effective, London and New York, Routledge, 2012, p. 73-93.

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