Sarkozy: UN is 'Not Working' - Calls for Reform

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is calling for United Nations reforms, starting with an overhaul of the U.N. Security Council, Agence France-Presse reports. Echoing previous calls for U.N. reform, Sarkozy said the Security Council should have more members and assign the allocation of seats.

The French president, who was speaking at a deforestation conference in Paris, argued that while the U.N. is indispensible, “it’s not working.”

“I am certain that we need to reform the United Nations, otherwise the United Nations will end up in an impasse,” he said.

Sarkozy also criticized the U.N. climate change summit held in December 2009, saying that the event was badly managed and the results were frustrating. He suggested that a “representative group of countries” should be convened to discuss the most important issues instead of haggling everything under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, which requires unanimous approval.

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