South Africa assumes Non-Permanent Seat on the United Nations Security Council
South Africa today officially assumes its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2019-2020. South Africa was extremely elected to serve on the Council by the United Nations General Assembly on 8 June 2018. As President Cyril Ramaphosa showed at the time: “This will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994. We are humbled and honoured by the confidence the global neighborhood has actually demonstrated in our ability to add to the resolution of global obstacles.”
South Africa’s period in the Security Council will be committed to the legacy of President Nelson Mandela whose values and commitment to peace were commemorated in 2015 throughout the centenary of his birth. South Africa’s term will also be an opportunity for the nation to work towards the African Union’s goal of “Silencing the Guns” on the Continent by 2020.
The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu today mentioned that: “The world is facing big challenges, consisting of increasing unilateralism and expanding geo-political divisions. These obstacles threaten our collective resolve to resolve international challenges of peace, security and development. South Africa will hence utilise its tenure on the Security Council to promote the maintenance of international peace and security through advocating for the tranquil settlement of disagreements and inclusive dialogue. We will continue to encourage closer cooperation between the UN Security Council and other local and sub-regional organisations especially the African Union. We would further want to emphasise the function of women in the resolution of dispute. This, during our time on the Council, South Africa will make sure that a gender point of view is mainstreamed into all Security Council resolutions in line with UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000) on Females, Peace and Security.
The Minister concluded that: “South Africa looks forward to working together with all other members of the Security Council in promoting the maintenance of international peace and security and the social well-being and advancement of all individuals of the world.”