UN reform "long overdue," Slovenia says.


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1UN reform `` long overdue , '' Slovenia says .
2Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor said on Saturday `` Reform of the United Nations has been long overdue , '' calling for progress in strengthening all UN activities `` relating to the maintenance of international peace and security . ''
3`` The United Nations must keep its place at the core of global governance structures , '' Pahor said while addressing the general debate of the 65th session of the UN General Assembly , which began here on Thursday .
4Drawing the Assembly 's attention to the broader issue of the global economic crisis , Pahor said , `` the reforms of international economic and financial systems must continue at an accelerated speed , reflecting global development needs . ''
5`` Our endeavors should aim at increasing accountability , responsibility and solidarity , while taking into account the need for a stronger voice and better participation of developing countries , '' he added .
6Meanwhile , the Slovenian prime minister expressed his country 's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council for the period 2012-2013 .
7`` Slovenia views its candidature as an opportunity to contribute further to the maintenance of international peace and security , as well as the peaceful settlement of disputes , '' said Pahor .
8Since 1994 , a working group of the General Assembly has been considering Security Council reform , including the issue of equitable representation and expansion of membership .
9The Security Council has remained unchanged since its membership expanded from 11 to 15 nations in 1963 .
10Five permanent members -- China , France , Russia , Britain and the United States -- hold veto power .
11The other 10 non-permanent members are elected to serve for two-year terms and have no power to veto decisions by the council .