Abdullah Shahid, president of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, said he wished he had a magic wand to reform the Security Council and expressed hope that UN members would take the process seriously. Maldives Foreign Minister Shahid was elected President of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on 7 July this year.
President Shahid said, ‘I wish I had a magic wand to change and reform the Security Council. In 1979 Maldives joined the Group of 10 countries with the aim of including an agenda on the Security Council and I am very proud that Maldives is one of the first 10 countries to take the initiative.
“Though I don’t have a magic wand as the Speaker, I expect the members to take the process seriously,” he said in response to a question. He said he would appoint co-negotiators for the Inter-Governmental Dialogue (IGN) so that he and UN members “have more time to work on this and I wish them all the best.”
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti said, “I have said many times before that IGN cannot be used as a smoke layer. With the revised decision to begin work on IGN today, we will move to the next session with the hope that we can make decisive progress towards the long-stagnant reform of the Security Council.
Shahid told reporters after presiding over the 76th session of the General Assembly that his expected presidency is about respecting the rights of all and renewing the United Nations. We need an organization that serves its purpose.