Describing the expansion of the Security Council as the "most important institutional" reform for the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday expressed hope that member states will consider the issue seriously and find an acceptable solution.
"Considering the tremendous and dramatic changes in the political scene in the last 60 years, it is necessary that the Security Council be expanded in a manner that is acceptable to member states," he told a press conference.
Noting that the member states are already discussing the issue, he said he would do everything to facilitate the consultations among them on the matter.
Overall the world body has made good progress in the institutional reforms, including establishment of the Peace-building Commission and the Human Rights Council, but the expansion of the 15-member Council is the most important reform, he said.
Ban's remarks came as the member states were expected to go into intensive discussions over the issue next month after they failed to make any headway during the last year.
But the Secretary-General did not go into the issue whether the expansion should be in both permanent and non-permanent categories or only in non permanent category which is one of the contentious issues.