Professor Toshitaka Takeuchi of the Faculty of Global Engagement' Department of Global Studies' contribution to monthly magazine “Voice” September 2022.
Title: Monthly magazine “Voice” September 2022
Date: August 5th, 2022
Publisher: PHP Institute, Inc.
Price: 840 yen (tax included)
“The need for semi-permanent members in the United Nations Security Council”
The Russian invasion of Ukraine this February has exposed the United Nations Security Council’s incompetence once again. Temporary measures to improve its incompetence may include an obligation of the permanent members to explain their use of veto power in places such as the General Assembly, the revision of the Code of Conduct so that permanent members of the UNSC are restricted from exercising their veto power in cases such as genocide and crimes against humanity, and the proactive implementation of the “Uniting for Peace” resolution, as was seen in this case. In regard to mid to long term measures, the Security Council needs to be reformed (expanded). The reformation of the Security Council became a major subject for discussion in 2005, but the topic has not gained the same attention ever since. Japan had long been eager to become one of the permanent members; however, it is nearly impossible under current circumstances.
To proceed with this discussion, I argued that the introduction of semi-permanent members as suggested by high-level panels due to various reasons is persuasive.
【related Information】Monthly magazine “Voice” September 2022