Guatemalan foreign minister Fernando Carerra has launched a proposal to reconfigure the United Nations' Security Council by adding 17 new permanent members by the year 2045. The announcement was made at an event hosted by LSE IDEAS, a think tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) this week (Monday 11 February).
The foreign minister used his lecture, entitled Guatemala and the UN: rethinking international security, to launch the proposal to establish a new category of permanent members to the Security Council without the power to veto. This would raise the number of permanent members of the UN Security Council to 22 by 2045: the current five which hold a veto power and 17 new members which would not hold a veto.
At the event, Fernando Carerra explained that the proposal takes into account the interests of the current five permanent members, as well as the aspirations of other nations that, due to their exponential economic growth and evolving strategic roles, have a growing role in the maintenance of peace and security.
According to the proposal the current permanent members would retain their veto power unaltered and their number would not be expanded. At the same time, new spaces would open up for the countries that would suit the new category of permanent members without a veto power for the leading nations in each region.
LSE Professor Francisco Panizza chaired the LSE IDEAS event, which was attended by 60 people.
12 February 2013