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

Security Council Reform – Regional representation

Statement to the General Assembly by Pascal Buffin Deputy Permanent Representative of Belgium to the United Nations on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Belgium on the issue of “Security Council Reform – Regional representation” New York, 1 April 2014

Mr. Chairman,

I have the pleasure to speak on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Belgium. 

We thank you for convening this third meeting on regional representation in the Security Council. As we all know, article 23 of the UN Charter states, among other things, that for the selection of SC members “due regard should be paid, in the first instance, to the contribution of Members of the United Nations to the maintenance of international peace and security and to the other purposes of the Organization, and also to equitable geographical distribution”.

This should be the basis of our debate today. Besides, we strongly believe that an enlarged Council should also better reflect today’s geopolitical realities. The issue of regional representation goes to the heart of this concern. We should also make sure that an enlarged Council remains as efficient and effective as possible.  

Mr. Chairman, 

The Netherlands and Belgium are convinced that the African continent should be better represented in an enlarged Council, not just because a large part of the topics on the agenda of the Council concern Africa, but also, and more importantly, because we believe that the African continent should be fully involved in dealing with peace and security in our world, wherever it is necessary. 

In previous debates, the Netherlands and Belgium have expressed full support for an enlargement in both the permanent and the non-permanent category of membership. and for the proposals of the G4, Brazil, Germany, India, Japan, to achieve concrete progress in genuine text-based negotiations . 

As said before, we would like to stress that any enlargement of the Security Council has to take into account the concerns of small and medium-sized member states of the UN. In this regard, we would like to ask particular attention for LDC’s and middle income countries and for the Small Island Development States.

Mr. Chairman,

As in previous debates, I would like to assure you that Belgium and The Netherlands continue to stand ready to contribute constructively to the discussions. We are willing to consider any proposal that can facilitate reaching a consensus. We support your approach and we would like to encourage you again to formulate your own conclusions at the latest at the end of the current cycle of debates. 

I thank you.