Uganda: Tayebwa Calls for Africa to Have Permanent Seat On UN Security Council

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa, has called for the creation of two permanent seats for Africa at the United Nations Security Council, in renewed calls for the body’s reforms.

Speaking at the 63rd Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) – European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly on Monday, 26 June 2023 in Brussels, Belgium, Tayebwa said that it is a shame that Africa which is three times bigger than Europe, is not permanently represented at the UN Security Council.

“There are no permanent members from Latin America or Africa, and China is the only Asian member … this damages the legitimacy of the Security Council if it is seen as a forum dominated by the west and great powers, where the global south and smaller states are marginalised,” he said.

He added: “This has no standing in any modern society; we cannot continue living in the era of 1945 before most of us were born.”

The Deputy Speaker stressed that the unrepresentative nature of the council came into play during the Libyan conflict, where he said the United Nations Security Council approved the bombardment of the North African country without the input of Africa.

“The Security Council has been reduced to settling quarrels between big states and superpowers but when it came to the invasion of Libya, you did all you could and you made a mess [out of Libya],” he said.

Africa has always been irked with the skewed membership of the United Nations Security Council, with the 2005 Ezulwini consensus and Sirte declaration in which the African Union member states resolved that Africa should be accorded two permanent seats at the council, which has since never come to fruition.