Venezuela has outlined a series of major reforms it wants to see implemented within the United Nations system, including enlarging the currently 15-member Security Council and removing the veto powers of its five permanent members, opening up the election for secretary-general and strengthening the U.N. General Assembly. The reforms were outlined in a recent U.N. General Assembly meeting by Venezuelan Permanent Representative Jorge Valero, who argued that the current state of the U.N. “helps to reproduce those unjust relations inherited from the Second World War, becoming more exclusive and authoritarian as neo-liberal globalization advances.” Valero also claimed that a strategy to weaken the General Assembly and exclude the body from major world decisions is being implemented even as the Security Council increases its influence and power over the overall U.N. agenda.

“Venezuela proposes to suspend the right of veto enjoyed by only five members of the United Nations [China, France, Russia, U.S. and U.K.]. This remnant of the Second World War is incompatible with the principle of sovereign equality of States. Venezuela also proposes an increase of the membership of the Security Council in its permanent and non-permanent categories. Why are developing countries deprived of the right to partake in this forum?” Valero said.

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