3/10/2016 5:19:43 PM
|written By : Shobha Tsering Bhalla|
New Zealand’s Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Murray McCully, on an official visit to Singapore, gave a talk on the key global challenges facing the United Nations Security Council.
In the talk attended by about 100 academics, media personnel and diplomats, Mr McCully spoke about how New Zealand has a strong interest in the creation and observance of regional and global institutions. He stressed that now, more than ever, New Zealand is contributing to regional and global security, stability and good governance through active, targeted and values-based engagement.
He also spoke about much needed reforms at the Security Council and how as a small state New Zealand has managed to push for the Council to take more effective action on issues that affect small member states.
New Zealand is a non-Permanent member of the Security Council and is now halfway through its tenure.
According to Professor Kishore Mahbubani Dean Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, which organised the talk, initiating reforms at the Security Council is a losing battle. As Singapore’s former representative at the UN, he had recommended several important reforms but their implementation has been slow.
Mr McCully added that the five permanent members (P5) may be at opposite ends of the ideological or political spectrum but when it comes to admitting a new member into the P5, they are all of one mind.
Asked if India would ever become a member of the Council and would China reciprocate the magnanimity shown by India’s first Prime Minister Nehru who refused to accept a seat on the Council unless China was admitted, Mr McCully deftly deflected the question with a laugh and a one liner: “I’m not going to get into that.”