Florencia Soto Nino, Deputy Spokesperson of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, answered journalists’ questions at the daily press conference.
The reactions of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the statements of Brazilian President Inacio Lula da Silva at the BRICS meeting in Africa, that the war between Russia and Ukraine reveals the inadequacy of the current structure of the UNSC in promoting peace in the world. “I don’t think it’s a secret that the Secretary-General has repeatedly said that there is a need for changes in the UNSC structure,” Nino said.
Stating that he can refer to what the Secretary-General has said about the Security Council in the past, Nino said, “This question has been asked of him many times, and I think we have always said that the Security Council works best when it acts together. And of course, this conflict also brought to light the problems of what happens when there is no unity. ‘ he used the phrase.
President Erdoğan was the first to voice the need for the UNSC to be enlarged.
The Deputy Spokesperson stressed that changes in the direction of the enlargement of the UNSC “can only be made by the member states”.
Lula, at the 15th BRICS Leaders Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the theme of “BRICS and Africa: Mutual Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development and Partnership for Inclusive Multilateralism”, “The war in Ukraine shows the limits of the Security Council. Immediately. “We are ready to combine efforts that can contribute effectively to a ceasefire and a just and lasting peace,” he said.
Calling on BRICS members to act as “a force for understanding and cooperation” in the world, Lula used the phrase “The pursuit of peace is a collective obligation, an imperative for just and sustainable development”.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in his speech at the 74th United Nations General Assembly held in New York in 2013, for the first time expressed the need for enlarging the UNSC with the phrase “The world is bigger than five”.