Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Security Council Reform: Statement by Ambassador Herman Schaper on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands


Statement of Ambassador Herman Schaper

in the General Assembly of the United Nations

on behalf of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Kingdom of the Netherlands

on the question of equitable representation on and increase in the membership of the Security Council and related matters.

14 November 2012


Mr President,

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make a short statement on behalf of the Kingdom of Belgium and the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the question of Security Council reform.

First of all, I would like to thank you for your decision to reappoint ambassador Tanin as chairman of our intergovernmental negotiation process. Belgium and the Netherlands applaud your decision and we will fully support ambassador Tanin in his continuing efforts to bring this discussion to the next level, both on process and on content. We call upon the membership to do the same.

Mr President,

In its session of 13 September, the GA took an important step by prolonging the mandate of our open-ended working group and especially by taking note of the proposals of the Chair of these intergovernmental negotiations, ambassador Tanin.

In particular, we would like to highlight ambassadors Tanin’s recommendation to take, as he called it, the next logical step, by having a genuine give and take based on a concise working document. As ambassador Tanin also recommended, this working document could be drafted by the Chair, on the basis of consultations with member states, in keeping with the membership-driven character of our process.

From the perspective of Belgium and the Netherlands, this recommendation could be a sound basis for our further work and mark the beginning of the next phase of the negotiations.

Belgium and the Netherlands are both committed to continue supporting further discussion where and when possible, to keep the momentum and to assist the membership to reach concrete results in the 67th session of the GA.

Our position is not based on the wish to achieve a specific national objective or to defend a specific national interest. What drives us is the goal of an effective, modernized and more legitimate Security Council, which reflects the geopolitical realities of the 21st century, and thus contributes to a more credible United Nations and a reinforced international system.

Thank you.