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Romania at the United Nations

Although Romania’s desire to become part of the United Nations was formally stated back in 1946, our country’s accession was blocked until 1955. On 14 December 1955, the United Nations General Assembly decided, in the Resolution A/RES/995(X) to admit Romania for membership in the UN, alongside with 15 other states.

Romania was a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 1962, 1976-1977, 1990-1991 and 2004-2005, while membership of ECOSOC was held in the following periods: 1965-1967, 1974-1976, 1978-1980, 1982-1987, 1990-1998 and 2001-2003. The most recently mandate of Romania in ECOSOC was in 2007-2009. 

Romania’s presence in various bodies of the UN entitles it to be a part of the decision making process within the world organization that influences the international situation at global level and in the proximity geographical areas. Likewise, Romania’s involvement in UN peacekeeping operations highlighted the efficiency of the Romanian army and Romania’s political availability to attend multinational military activities aimed at preserving international stability. To this end, Romania carefully follows-up the progress in designing peacekeeping operations in order to enhance and diversify its involvement in such operations. Therefore, Romania lists among the group of states that proved available to participate in UN’s stand-by agreements aimed at increasing the efficiency of UN’s interventions in conflict situations or humanitarian crises. 

UN represents at the same time, by means of its specialized bodies in Romania, a source of support for our country’s efforts, in a period of defining social and economic changes.

Romania’s approach of the UN’s current high priorities is that of joining the general efforts in finding efficient means to reform the United Nations system. 2006 stands for a key step in the process of reform, of efficiently crystallizing the trends in the field, as well as of opting for the best way to proceed further. Among the provisions of the final document of the Top Level Meeting held in September 2005, a schedule of the organization adjustment process, so far this year the decisions on establishing the Commission for Peace Construction and Human Rights Council have already been put into practice.

In general terms, Romania constantly militated in favour of a more efficient use of the organization’s internal resources, eliminating duplications, efficient management of the documents flow with UN’s Secretariat, efficient use of the human resources, a strict financial control and setting-up an on-going assessment of the cost/benefits ratio. Special consideration is being given to the reform process involving the Security Council with a view to increasing its representativity and efficiency.

The latest debates within the world organization on the UN’s relationships with regional organizations underline the requirement to ground them on the complementarity and mutual support principles. Moreover, that respective topic represents, besides the UN reform, one of the objectives pursued as a priority by Romania within the Organization.

For more information, please visit the homepage of the Permanent Mission of Romania to the UN http://mpnewyork.mae.ro