On 6th February the United Nations Security Council held an open debate on its working methods, a public dialogue in which Equatorial Guinea intervened through its Ambassador, Anatolio Ndong Mba, making clear its form support for the implementation of more open, inclusive and transparent methods in decision-making.
During the public debate within the Security Council on its working methods, the majority of United Nations member countries agreed on the need to ensure that the activities of the organisation were more open and transparent, but not at the expense of efficiency and effectiveness. From among more than 50 speakers, the Equatorial Guinea Permanent Representative, Anatolio Ndong Mba, reaffirmed his support for the implementation of more inclusive, participative and open methods in the taking of decisions, considering the existence of a veto as an “obstacle” and an “anachronistic antidemocratic privilege” to the optimum representation of all Member States, in accordance with Article 24 of the United Nations Charter.
At another point in his speech, the ambassador praised the progress seen within the institution since the changes adopted in 2006, on assuming Note 507 of the President of the Security Council ( S / 2006/507), as a compilation of working methods.
Equatorial Guinea further insisted that reforms to the working methods contained in Note 507, together with the Council’s provisional regulations, must be permanent, in such a way that the body can be accountable and have predictable transparent rules. At the same time, he agreed with the ideas put forward by South Africa, consisting in the strengthening of strategic cooperation between the Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council, in order to promote the rule of law in conflict situations.
Ndong Mba concluded by ratifying the need to continue to join forces and cooperation in the restructuring and reform of the Council, towards a horizon where equanimity and consensus are of paramount importance, insisting that negotiations “should begin now”.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea