Ana Silvia Rodríguez, Cuba’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations. Photo: Twitter

On August 28, at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Cuba called for a more democratic and transparent Security Council, which fulfills its responsibility under the organization’s Charter to represent all member states in matters of international peacekeeping and security.

During a UN General Assembly session dedicated to reviewing the work of the 15-member body, Cuba’s Deputy Permanent Representative Ana Silvia Rodríguez, called for immediate changes to the Council’s working methods in order to guarantee the genuine participation of all members in its work and decision making processes.

“Cuba once again proposes an end to closed-door meetings; that access to membership be extended in two categories, permanent and non-permanent, without selective or discriminatory criteria, in order to rectify the insufficient representation of developing countries in this body; and an end the obsolete and anti-democratic power of veto,” she stated.

Rodríguez also called on the Security Council to adopt its rules of procedure, which have been provisional for more than 70 years.

Regarding a report on the work of the Council over the past year presented during the meeting, the Cuban diplomat expressed her regret that, like previous ones, the document is “merely a descriptive summary of the meetings, activities and decisions taken.”

The majority of UN member states have reiterated the need for an in-depth and analytical annual report on this body’s work, she noted.

During her speech before the plenary session, the Cuban ambassador asked how long the international community would have to wait for “this formal and non-substantive procedure to become a true exercise of accountability to the General Assembly.”