Zuma slams UN Security Council

Zuma says the UN Security Council is still not fully representative of developing nations.

SA President Jacob Zuma addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on 24 September 2013. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has criticised the United Nations (UN) Security Council, calling it undemocratic and unrepresentative of developing nations.

The president was addressing the general debate of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

He said nearly 70 years after its establishment, the council is still not fully representative of developing countries and called for urgent reforms.

"Any development agenda beyond 2015 must be based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities in order to equalise the international playing field."

At the same time, United States President Barack Obama also addressed the UN's General Assembly on Tuesday and dealt with a range of issues including the crisis in Syria.

He also spoke on relations with long-time rival Iran.

Obama said he has instructed his Secretary of State John Kerry to test the waters with Iran.

"The robots may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested."

Meanwhile, the UN said on Tuesday it aims to roll out HIV/AIDS treatment to more than 15 million people worldwide by 2015.

The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said deaths stemming from the disease have gone down considerably due to increased treatment.

The organisation said more people are receiving treatment and taking the necessary precautions.

UNAIDS Regional Director Sheila Tlou said, "Most of the people, once they come and have been tested, will be put on treatment."