REPORT OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
“THE REFORM OF THE UNITED NATIONS INCLUDING THE EXPANSION AND REFORM OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL”
TO THE TWENTY-SIXTH SESSION OF THE ISLAMIC CONFERENCE OF FOREIGN MINISTERS
OUAGADOUGOU – BURKINA FASO, 28 JUNE – 1 JULY 1999
The post cold war era and the disappearance of the former bipolar world have brought about the idea of introducing wide ranging reforms in the United Nations System, including the expansion of the Security Council to make it more expressive of the huge geographic and political distribution of the world community and to meet the aspirations of the various new powers that have come to play an ever growing role in world affairs, for the sake of justice and out of respect to state sovereignty.
2. In affirmation of the interests invested in this important issue, by the OIC Member States, the latter have made sure that the matter is being raised at both their periodic meetings and the international and regional ones they took part in. Thus, the Annual Coordination Meeting for OIC Foreign Ministers which was held in October 1997, issued a special declaration about the reform of the UN and expansion of the Security Council. likewise, the Eighth Islamic Summit adopted a resolution in this regard.
3. The 25th Session of the Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers adopted resolution no. 41/25-P, calling upon the open-ended Contact Group on the UN Reform and Expansion of the Security Council to exchange views regularly at UN headquarters in New York and to harmonize its efforts to preserve the interests of Member States and enabling them to bring in their indispensable contribution to complete the UN reform and Security Council expansion process.
4. The Open-ended Contact Group convened in New York, following the UN General Assembly session, and debated the UN reform and expansion of the Security Council. During its meetings, it understood the necessity to preserve the Member States’ vital interests as well as the positive feedback for the latter as a result of restructuring the UN and expanding the Security Council. It also affirmed the Islamic Group’s readiness to contribute positively to this reform process.
5. The Committee is pursuing its periodic meetings to consider proposals by Member States and coordinate among them so as to submit a vision reflecting the viewpoint of the Islamic Group with regard to the reforms that have fallen due at the UN and the expansion of the Security Council.
6. The Secretary-General submits the present report to the 26th ICFM for consideration and appropriate decision.