Ambassador Antonio De Aguiar Patriota (right) speaks with Ambassador Ken Kanda of Ghana during Security Council discussions on the situation in Guinea-Bissau, February 5, 2015.

Ambassador Antonio De Aguiar Patriota (right) speaks with Ambassador Ken Kanda of Ghana during Security Council discussions on the situation in Guinea-Bissau, February 5, 2015.

“I really see the UN at 70 as a young and robust organization capable of adapting to a new world, to new challenges, but there are also rigidities, there are also resistances to change,” said Brazil’s ambassador to the UN, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota.

Speaking to Global Observatory Editor Marie O’Reilly, the ambassador said one area that acutely resists change is the Security Council.

“There are significant contributions that other countries could make if they were allowed to participate more actively,” Mr. Patriota said, noting that the vast majority of draft resolutions are produced by two or three countries in the Security Council, and that “resolutions having to do with Africa are produced by the former colonizers rather than by Africans themselves.”

“Now, until and unless you have African permanent members [on the Security Council], I don’t see the situation changing. And how can Africans feel that they, their voice, and their concerns are being adequately dealt with through these current procedures? I don’t think that this is satisfactory, and in my opinion, it’s not sustainable,” the ambassador said. Read more