Elbowing for Position at the UN

India’s ambassador to the UN has fired a broadside at the Security Council for encroaching on the General Assembly’s territory.

Whilst this issue has been engaging us for many years, the time has come for the General Assembly to take remedial action…Not to do so would not only further fuel the prevailing apathy but also strengthen trends to look for solutions elsewhere, both within and outside the U.N. system.

This dynamic is a long-standing one at the UN, but the Security Council’s increasing involvement in standard-setting for member states (for example, its resolutions on WMDs and terrorist financing) and its embrace of broad, thematic debates has rankled many defenders of the General Assembly’s prerogatives. Should India finally secure a coveted permanent seat on the Council, of course, its tune would likely change.


About David Bosco

Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. Contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Author of Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics and Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World
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