September 21, 2022
U.S. President Joe Biden plans to urge reform of the U.N. Security Council when he attends the General Assembly, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Tuesday.
With US officials frustrated by Moscow's veto of Security Council measures and declarations over the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden could urge reforms in private to the UN secretary general and other officials, or take them public, said Sullivan.
"I expect that the president will speak substantively to the question of U.N. Security Council reform while he is in New York", Sullivan told reporters.
The question of reforming the Security Council comes up during every international crisis, when one of the five permanent members (United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France) uses its veto power to stifle resolutions backed by others.
But the way in which Moscow has used its veto power since the Ukraine invasion has prompted Washington to revive the issue and push for enlarging the Security Council.