White House Strategic Communications Coordinator John Kirby said that President Joe Biden will raise before the United Nations General Assembly next week the issue of adding amendments to the structure of the Security Council.
Kirby added in an interview with the British newspaper “The Telegraph”: “You will hear more from President Biden next week. We are very clear. It is time to evaluate the structure of the UN Security Council.”
He explained that from the point of view of the American authorities, the Security Council must be “more comprehensive and broader.”
He said, “President Biden and the United States will support the accession of more members” to the UN Security Council.
The Washington Post reported last June that the Biden administration was developing a plan to add 6 more countries to the United Nations Security Council without veto power.
The advisor to the Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Dina Gelmutdinova, previously stated that the optimal size of the Security Council should not exceed 20 countries or a little more, while there is no benefit in including Western European countries in it.
According to her, there is a need for greater participation in the work of the Security Council of developing countries, such as Africa, Asia and Latin America, and “to correct historical injustice against the African continent.”
The Security Council is the permanent structure of the United Nations, which bears the primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.
The Council includes 15 countries, including 5 permanent members and 10 temporary members.
The permanent members are Russia, the United States of America, Great Britain, China and France, and they have veto power.
The remaining ten members are elected for two-year terms.
The United Nations announces a lack of funding to support hot spots against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis
Executive Director of the World Food Program, Cindy McCain, announced that the United Nations World Food Program suffers from a lack of funding to help hot spots against the backdrop of the Ukraine crisis.
She added in an interview with ABC: “We realize the need to support Ukraine, but there are other hot spots in the world that are suffering from the same desperate situation that Ukraine is experiencing.”
She added that the World Food Program cannot now fund the food program in Afghanistan “until the end of October,” and if it is unable to increase funding, the program will have to be stopped, “which will lead to famine” in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the Times of India newspaper, citing the World Food Program mission in Kabul, reported that aid to Afghanistan is suffering from a decline due to a lack of funding, which could lead to a “catastrophic situation” for 90% of the population of remote areas in Afghanistan as winter approaches.