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South Africa elected to the Non-Permanent Seat in the UN Security Council

 

Media Remarks by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu following South Africa's Election to the Non-Permanent Seat in the Un Security Council

8 JUNE 2018

We wish to express our sincere appreciation to the Member States of the UN General Assembly for supporting South Africa's candidacy for the non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the period 2019-2020. We are honoured and humbled by this gesture of confidence.

 

As you will know, this will be South Africa's third term on the UN Security Council, having previously served in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. Our tenure in the Security Council will be dedicated to the legacy of President Nelson Mandela and his commitment to peace. In marking his centenary this year, a Summit on Peace will be held on the eve of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly in September.

 

South Africa will use its tenure in the Security Council to promote the maintenance of international peace and security through advocating for the peaceful settlement of disputes and inclusive dialogue. We will continue to enhance close cooperation between the UN Security Council and other regional and sub-regional organisations. During our two previous tenures, we advocated for closer cooperation between the UN Security Council and the African Union Security Council (AUPC), which culminated in the adoption of the landmark Resolution in 2012 on strengthening cooperation between these two bodies.

 

South Africa's diplomatic efforts over the past two decades include conflict resolution, prevention, mediation, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. We firmly believe that, while we must strengthen the tools at the Security Council's disposal in addressing conflicts as they arise, the focus should be on preventative diplomacy and on addressing the root causes of conflicts.

 

We believe that peace cannot be achieved without the participation of women in peace negotiations, peacekeeping operations, post-conflict peace-building and governance. During our tenure, we will ensure that a gender perspective is mainstreamed into all Security Council resolutions in line with UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security.  

 

As we assume the non-permanent seat, we look forward to collaborating with the members of the Security Council in promoting the maintenance of international peace and security and the social well-being and advancement of all the peoples of the world.

 

We are guided by the Resolution of the AU to ‘Silence the Guns’ by 2020. Only when we have peace and a culture of peace, can we have sustainable development and we in Africa need that and resources most. Our energies now have to be directed at the betterment of the lives of our people.

 

DIRCO


 

South Africa seeks seat on UNSC

7 June 2018

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has today, 07 June 2018 arrived in New York, ahead of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) elections scheduled for tomorrow, 08 June 2018.

South Africa is seeking to be elected at the UNGA to serve as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2019-2020 (1 January 2019-31 December 2020). This will be South Africa’s third term on the UN Security Council, having served in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012.

South Africa’s candidacy was endorsed by the African Union in January 2018 and has since also received endorsements from several countries around the world.

The non-permanent seat to UNSC for the African Group is currently held by Ethiopia.

South Africa’s term on the Council will also coincide with aspirations of the African continent to “silence the guns” by 2020 – an objective and an ideal that South Africa would like to see achieved throughout the world.

During its tenure South Africa will among other things, prioritize strengthening the cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organisations specifically between the United Nations and African Union as well as conflict resolution and peacebuilding through inclusive dialogue.

South Africa remains a strong proponent of multilateralism through participation in the UN as the organisation is the embodiment of the international community’s will to attain and maintain international peace and security, to promote the economic and social well-being of all nations, and the advancement of all peoples.

Whilst in New York, Minister Sisulu is expected to pay a courtesy call on United Nations Secretary General, H.E Mr Antonio Gutteres and the President of the General Assembly, H.E Mr Miroslav Lajčák. Minister Sisulu is also expected to have bilateral meetings with other countries seeking election (Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, Maldives and Dominican Republic)  to discuss cooperation in the Security Council should they be elected.

Dirco

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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