On 26 October 2022, Professor Adekeye Adebajo appeared on SAfm show The Meeting Point to talk on the topic of "Africa and the UN Security Council".
Professor Adebajo addressed the challenges facing the United Nations Security Council, including a crisis of legitimacy due to the dominance of the five permanent members in the decisions relating to major global conflicts. Professor Adebajo provides an overview of the formation of the Security Council, and the ongoing efforts since 1993 to reform the council to be more inclusive of emerging and previously marginalised global powers in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Speaking to important issues related to reform, Professor Adebajo emphasised issues that are largely un-addressed by the permanent members:
"The women, peace and security agenda.. since 2016 has been very important on the Council. Women and children are often the most vulnerable victims of most of the conflicts that are going on around the world, in which 2 billion people live in conflict affected areas. Countries that are non-permanent members, called the elected ten or E-10, like Sweden, Germany, Kenya, Mexico and Ireland, often raise the idea of focusing on women, peace and security within the Council and make sure that UN Security Council resolutions reflect attention to this issue of protecting women, protecting children, and that women are included in mediation processes from which they tend to be excluded on the African continent."
This interview followed the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship and the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)'s high level policy dialogue titled "Fifteen Diplomats on a Powder Keg: Africa and the United Nation's Security Council", which was hosted at Future Africa on 24 October 2022.
You can listen to the full interview here.