Wong calls for UN Security Council review after Russia strike

New York: Secretary of State Penny Wong will use her first major speech to the United Nations to call for a shake-up of the Security Council, arguing that countries from Africa, Latin America and Asia need greater permanent representation on the powerful committee. should have.

Wong reminds the UN that Australia wants a seat on the council by 2029. He outlines Australia’s ambition to be a major player on the global stage and warns that smaller countries should not let their fate be determined by global superpowers.

Secretary of State Penny Wong will use her speech to call for reform of the UN Security Council.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“How do we take our responsibility to limit tensions – to put the brakes on before the momentum for conflict in our region or beyond is unstoppable?” she says, evidenced by a copy of the pre-supplied speech.

“Australia is committed to these tasks, in all our diplomacy, in the UN and beyond. That is why we are looking for a seat on the UN Security Council for 2029-2030. That is why we are committed to reforming the Security Council, with greater permanent representation for Africa, Latin America and Asia, including India and Japan.”

The council has met 20 times this year to discuss Ukraine, but has been unable to take meaningful action because Russia is a permanent member and can veto any steps against the country.

In a sign of the UN’s paralysis, top Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov walked out of the council meeting convened in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s threat to unleash nuclear weapons and his announcement that he would mobilize up to 300,000 army reservists – the largest conscription of the UN. driving the country since World War II.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a high-level meeting of the Security Council about the situation in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at a high-level meeting of the Security Council about the situation in Ukraine.Credit:AP

In her speech, Wong also urges China, “a great power”, to use its influence to curb Russia, and will vow to withdraw aggressively against Putin’s “weak and desperate nuclear threats”.

“Apart from horrific damage and loss of life in Ukraine, the Russian invasion is exacerbating human suffering and fueling the global food and energy security crisis,” Wong said.

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