The United Nation's 50th
in New York (October 2224) were a time of reckoning. Member nations
faced the stark reality of
a financially straitened UN - a total of
US $3.3 billion is owed by all countries
but one, America being the biggest defaulter. Washington's arrears amount to
US $11.4bllllon, or nearly a third of the UN's
combined budget of US $4.5 billion. In an
oblique but hard hitting attack on the US's
failure to cough up its dues, British prime
Minister John Major suggested that there
should be no "representation without
Another point of concern was the unrepresentative nature of the Security Council. Heads ofthe smaller nations demanded a stronger voice in UN deliberations and a reduction in the veto rights of the five permanent members of the Security Council. Though US, Britain and France have given a call for the inclusion of Germany and Japan in the Council, poorer nations are far from happy. But this still excludes the South from what Zambia's President Frederick ChIluba termed the "sanctuary of the holy of holies."
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