The International Association of Lawyers said on Saturday that the failure to reform could lead to a “total marginalisation of this body in the fight for peace and international security in the 21 st century.”

The Association’s president, Antoine Akl, also said at its annual congress that the UN should be moved from New York to a “neutral site” to be determined by the UN General Assembly.

The Paris-based association, grouping almost two million lawyers from 110 countries, said it planned to submit its proposals to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in an effort to strengthen the United Nations

The call for changes at the UN have come after the Iraq crisis which saw US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair go to war against Iraq despite failing to win a new mandate from the UN Security Council.

The lawyers’ proposals also include ending the right to veto held by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia.