The United Nations has adopted a new resolution, which requires the five permanent members of the Security Council, to justify why they decide to use their veto.
The reform comes on the heels of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and is intended to make the veto holders United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom “pay a higher political price” if they decide to strike down a Security Council resolution.
The resolution was initially proposed around two years ago, the measure allows the General Assembly to convene within 10 days of a veto “to hold a debate on the situation as to which the veto was cast”, according to the text.
Nearly 100 countries have co-sponsored the reform, including the US, UK and France – support that seemed to be a surprise to the UN.
China and Russia were both absent from the list of sponsors and an anonymous diplomat said that the two nations, not being part of the co-sponsoring, would “divide” the UN further.
Liechtenstein’s ambassador Christian Wenaweser, said the measure will “create a new procedure” and insisted that the measure was not personal or “against anybody.”
“It is not directed against Russia,” he said, even though the proposal came as the Security Council has proven incapable of condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while Moscow holds veto power.
Wenaweser insisted that the text aimed to “promote the role of [the] United Nations, to promote multilateralism and to promote the voice of all of us who are not veto holders and who are not on the Security Council on matters of international peace and security”.
The text does not actually prevent a country from using its veto power and is non-binding, as with most things at the United Nations, its all for show. Even if a country does use its veto power, according to the text, they are still not obligated to explain their use of veto, as they can simply decline to explain.
Another anonymous ambassador did say however, that it “will shed light” on the use of veto.
The Security Council also has an additional ten members who are elected for two years, but do not hold a right to veto and among the co-sponsors were both Germany and Japan, who are hoping to become permanent members if the Security Council is expanded.
Interestingly, neither India, nor Brazil are listed as co-sponsors, despite being two candidates that could potentially join the Security Council permanently.
The Security Council was initially started after World War II, to ensure international peace and security. Those in on the inside information, however, know that the United Nations is nothing more than a globalist ran organization, that seeks to supplant sovereign nations.
Russia has used more veto power than any other nation in the Security Council, far more than the United States, which is the next largest. China, France and the UK have used this power very rarely.
There is widespread support for the Security council to be reformed, but bickering between countries has been preventing that from happening for the past few decades and it looks like that won’t end anytime soon.