Lecture by Ambassador Sir Emyr Parry Jones, Former Chief of Mission in the Mission of Great Britain to the United Nations and NATO on the Topic: The Importance of UN Security Council Membership and the Role of State Institutions
On December 21st, 2009 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Sir Emyr Parry Jones, the former Chief of Mission in the Mission of Great Britain to the United Nations and NATO, held a lecture on the topic: The Importance of United Nations Security Council Membership and the Role of State Institutions.
At the beginning of his lecture, Ambassador Jones described the basic characteristics of the activities of multilateral organizations and spoke about his experiences in that regard. He stressed that a Security Council member country, which participates in adopting resolutions that are binding for members of the United Nations, bears a great responsibility. When it comes to the challenges that await Bosnia and Herzegovina as a non-permanent member of the Security Council as of 2010, he stated that these challenges can be placed into two groups: regional crisis areas and reforms of the UN system. As Ambassador Jones pointed out, in order to function efficiently, a diplomatic mission to the UN must have the support of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which gives the mission guidelines and instruction for its work in the form of decision-making strategies and in terms of the flexibility which is given to the mission during negotiations.
This lecture was held as part of the activities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina aimed at acquiring the positive experiences of other countries with regard to Security Council permanent membership.