UN Security Council should increase cooperation with regional actors: Nigerian president

17:36, September 24, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan said here Thursday that the UN could enhance its ability to maintain peace and security by engaging further with regional actors.

Jonathan made the statement as he was speaking to the council at a summit titled "Ensuring the Security Council's effective role in maintaining international peace and security." The summit was held on the sidelines of the general debate of the UN General Assembly, which opened here on Thursday morning.

"We must acknowledge today that the council will have little success in freeing peoples from the scourge of war without the contributions of regional and sub-regional actors in accordance with Chapter VIII of the charter," said Jonathan.

At present, Nigeria is one of the 10 non-permanent members of the 15-nation Security Council.

Chapter VIII of the UN's charter encourages regional groups to engage in peace and security work, as long as their actions are consistent with the UN's principles.

Jonathan used the examples of recent UN peace and security efforts supported by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as examples of successful integrations of regional groups into UN missions on his home continent.

Jonathan concluded his address with a call to his fellow leaders at the UN to help the marginalized throughout the world.

"Let us be particular in setting our objectives: let us be concrete in marking out our goals," he said. "Above all, we must translate our lofty words into concrete action without let or hindrance."

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion