Voting in United Nations General Assembly

09/04/2013

Among the 193 members of the General Assembly of the United Nations, there are countries which have population only about 10000(ten thousand). There are aslo countries which have population of over 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) ( i.e. 100 000 times that of the smallest countries). In the General Assembly all the countries have the same rights. That is, a billion people have the same say as a ten thousand people. While one can ignore difference between ten thousand and one million, it may not be reasonable to ignore difference between ten thousand and one billion. This does not seem to be democratic. In view of this it may be reasonable to give 1(one) vote in the General Assembly to the representatives of countries with population of upto 1 million, 2 votes to those representing population of between 1 and 10 million etc. subject to a maximum of say,100 votes to those representing over a billion population. This will encourage large countries like India,Indonesia,Brazil,Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Japan which are not members of the Security Council, to take more interest in world affairs and contribute more to the United Nations.