African Union leaders expected to revive lobbying for UN Security Council reforms

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the 24th African Union summit at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 30, 2015. The African Union is set to renew the lobbying to reform the UN Security Council when leaders converge in Ethiopia. PHOTO | PSCU

What you need to know:

  • Last week, the Committee of 10, a grouping of countries, including Kenya, was formed to lobby for UN reforms resolved to put the issue as first item on the agenda.
  • Heads of States will arrive in Addis at the tail-end of the summit, endorsing or rejecting decisions reached by their foreign ministers.
  • The Security Council is charged with maintaining global peace.
  • Only five out of 15 UN Security Council members are permanent and hold veto powers, namely: Russia, China, France, the UK and the USA.

The African Union is to revive its push to reform the most powerful arm the United Nations, when leaders converge on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this week. 

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