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The UN Security Council is deadlocked

Can a security council created in 1945 deal with threats of nuclear war, cyber attacks and pandemics?

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The UN Security Council has lost its legitimacy

Global safety depends on a UN Security Council that places P5 interests above all else.

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Is the UN Security Council still relevant?

The council has prevented a third world war, but global power imbalances raise questions about its effectiveness.

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Proposals for Reform

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Can South Africa make a difference
on a fractured Security Council?

Old alliances are breaking, enabling the 10 non-permanent
members to potentially bridge their divides.

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UNSC Reform

Why reform of the UN Security Council is vital?

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History of Reform

Fifty-one states ratified the Charter of the United Nations in October 1945, how have things evolved?

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Elect The Council

Elect The Council is an international campaign for the reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In addition to engagement with UN member states, support and participation is being solicited from civil society, churches, business, non-governmental organisations and regional groupings. Elect The Council is working towards an enabling resolution to effect UNSC reform by two-thirds of the members of the UN General Assembly, based on a detailed set of recommendations tailored to the emerging world order. The campaign is coordinated by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

UNSC Reform

The UN Security Council is deadlocked
The UN Security Council is deadlocked

  Can a security council created in 1945 deal with threats of nuclear war, cyber attacks and pandemics?

The UN Security Council has lost its legitimacy
The UN Security Council has lost its legitimacy

  Global safety depends on a UN Security Council that places P5 interests above all else.

Is the UN Security Council still relevant?
Is the UN Security Council still relevant?

  The council has prevented a third world war, but global power imbalances raise questions about its effectiveness.

Peacekeeping needs a reformed UN Security Council
Peacekeeping needs a reformed UN Security Council

  To effectively oversee and manage future peacekeeping missions, the United Nations Security Council must reform.

Can South Africa make a difference on a fractured Security Council?
Can South Africa make a difference on a…

South Africa was once ‘a giant in the world and our reputation was well known, because of what we represented’, says the country’s International Relations…

TRT World Report – Rethinking the United Nations
TRT World Report – Rethinking the United Nations

  The UN has failed many times over the last few decades. TRT World spoke to experts to see how they think the organisation should…

Unblocking the Security Council
Unblocking the Security Council

  The power of the P5 doesn’t benefit global security. It’s time to change the UN Security Council!

From a 20th century relic to effective security governance
From a 20th century relic to effective security…

The United Nations Security Council lies at the heart of the global security architecture. It was established in 1945 to maintain international peace and security,…

SA returns to the UN Security Council with a new leader
SA returns to the UN Security Council with…

By happy coincidence, South Africa will take a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council next year with Cyril Ramaphosa at the helm of…

Current Proposal
Current Proposal

  The UN Security Council can’t stay rooted in 70-year-old practices. It’s time for change, here’s why and how.

Our team

Headed by Jakkie Cilliers, the Elect The Council team is dedicated to advocating for UN Security Council reform. Join the campaign by contacting us today.
Jakkie Cilliers
Head of the African Futures and Innovation
Lily Welborn
Lily Welborn
Researcher
Zachel van Aswegen
Zachel van Aswegen
Programme Officer

How far has Elect The Council progressed?

Through consultations, meetings and lobbying across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, we have refined the concept from a broad idea to a well founded proposal for a legitimate and effective UN Security Council. Click here to download the current concept note and summary of our proposal.

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