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The HSCR is hosting a seminar under the theme ‘New Actors; New Thinking: Moving Reform of the UN Security Council Forward’ on 3 May 2016 in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria.
Chair: Dr Hester Du Plessis: Faculty Head: Humanity, at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA).
- Jakkie Cilliers: Head of African Futures & Innovation , Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
- Nicole Fritz: Consultant to the Institute for Security Studies
Elect the Council is an initiative that proposes a broad-based global civil society campaign that would push for United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform (concept note available at www.electthecouncil.org). It also contains specific detail as to the proposed mechanisms of Security Council reform (e.g. a phased fifteen year period of reform; staggered loss of veto power; a time-out on a number of limited issues that spark only intransigence).
UNSC reform is hugely important but also admittedly an enormously ambitious project. Inter-governmental negotiations about this issue have essentially stalled and yet now more than ever effective, legitimate global governance is needed. Coordinated, strategic civil society action may help unlock the issue.
In particular globally representative human rights organisations need to be taking up the matter -- not only because more representative global governance institutions might be more effectively lobbied to render human rights compliant decisions and legitimate governance, but because tactically were emerging powers to view these NGOs as potential allies in the struggle for global governance reform they might be more responsive to their criticisms re domestic matters.
Key to the success of this proposed campaign lies not in it being pushed by a single organisation but that a group of well-known, globally representative non-governmental organisations (NGOs) come together in a coalition of sorts. To this end a first meeting of such a potential coalition is planned for New York in September.
The purpose of the seminar will be to deliberate on the need and content of the proposals for UNSC reform, based on version 4 of the concept.
The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.
RSVP: By 1 May 2016
Time: 12h30 to 14h00
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