The core principle on which the United Nations was founded was to safeguard human rights, prevent war, improve living standards, promote social and economic process, provide a mechanism for international law and fight diseases.
Despite the initial premises, many countries have been critical of certain advantages the body provides to some powerful countries in getting the best position in the Organization.
Regional players such as Brazil, Germany, Iran, India, Japan and South Africa have no seat within the Security Council, one of UN’s key decision-making bodies.
This is while Britain and France are permanent members with veto power, for no other reason than that they were on the winning side in the Second World War.
Many believe that the five permanent members of the Security Council, which are all nuclear powers, have manifested a sort of exclusive club: a club which allows their powers go unchecked and actions are pursued with self-interest, especially with regards to humanitarian intervention.
In this episode of InFocus, we will examine the role of the Security Council and the growing call for its reform.