Pros And Cons Of The G4 Proposal

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The much more recent proposal that has been favoured by quite a number of states in the Group of 4 (G4) Plan. The G4 proposal is more of a mix between Model A of the High Level Panel Report and the Razali Plan. It highlights legitimacy and efficiency the way Model A does, and attacks the Security Council’s “representative character” (Cox, 2009: 105-106) taken from the Razali Plan. On top of that, the G4 looks at the meaning of security with reference to the Charter. It argues that the concept of security and development are closely associated with each other in that “development is an indispensable foundation of collective security” (Cox, 2009: 106). And so the G4 aims to tackle issues concerning security though the expansion of members on …show more content…
Within the Ezulwini Consensus, the African countries are struggling to decide which two states will fill the seats (Imber, 2006: 333). Already this does not look good to the UN and the rest of the global community. The P5 are left asking whether the Ezulwini members will be able to make decisions on behalf of the world if they can’t even do so on their own. As one of the two proposals that still stand today, the some members of the G4 face challenges that they are criticised for by the Security Council. The West is in favour of the G4 proposal, one of the reasons being their decision not to choose the veto. Moreover, Germany and Japan are one of the best candidates as both countries contribute the most towards the United Nations budget coming after the United States. Not only to they pay their membership fee on time but they have never used any debate or blocking in the Diet or Bundestag to manipulate or bring about reform (Imber, 2006: 332). However both countries fall short with regards to their defence. Other members believe that it of concern that Germany and Japan are harbouring arms with brings up a lot of suspicion as well as issues around trust (Imber, 2006: 332). This does not mean that the G4 is out of the picture. To our surprise both the UK and France are in support of the resolution. Russia is rooting for India to get permanent membership and China is backing the Africans (Qkhovat, 2011: …show more content…
With so many proposals towards reform we are yet to see if we get there despite the number of obstacles ahead.
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