n African Renaissance - The debate on the UN reform : near consensus on the need for reform but rifts on how to go about it

Volume 2, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The current rules and procedures governing the United Nations were adopted way back at the time of its founding exactly six decades ago. The world it represents has however changed dramatically since then. One such area where these "anachronistic" rules are more noticeable is undoubtedly within the Security Council : its structure and how it has been made to function. This article contributes to the current debate about the proposed reform of the UN, especially the Security Council, as it relates to Africa. I will argue that the Council badly needs to be reformed but will conclude that some proposals about its enlargement do not seem attainable at least in the near future, and that focusing therefore on this is an unnecessary waste of energy and effort for Africa.

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