President Ramaphosa: South Africa will use UNSC membership to advance African interests

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EYEAFRICA TV: Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: President Ramaphosa of South Africa said his country will use its new membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2019 and 2020 to advance the interests of Africa, particularly the priorities of the African Union Agenda 2063.

Mr. Ramaphosa said South Africa’s tenure in the Security Council will be guided by its commitment to resolve regional, global and international conflicts and promote inclusive growth as part of the effort to ensure a better Africa in a better world. “We are committed to addressing the root causes of conflict, including inequality and underdevelopment, and promoting inclusive political dialogue.”

He delivered the statement as the United Nations General Assembly elected South Africa to serve in the United Nations Security Council of Friday. The rainbow nation’s membership is valid for 2019-2020, as a non-permanent member.

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 international community has demonstrated in our capability to contribute to the resolution of global challenges,” Mr. Ramaphosa said.

The UN Charter established six main organs of the United Nations, including the Security Council. It gives primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security to the Security Council, which may meet whenever peace is threatened.

According to the Charter, the United Nations has four purposes: to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations;
to cooperate in solving international problems and in promoting respect for human rights; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.

“We express our unreserved gratitude and appreciation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) that nominated us and our continental body, the African Union (AU), that endorsed our candidature,” Mr. Ramaphosa added.

He said the overwhelming support South Africa received from members of the United Nations is significant in the year of the centenary of the birth of our global icon and the founding father of our nation, President Nelson Mandela. “This election comes after a unanimous resolution by members of the United Nations to convene a Global Peace Summit in honour of President Mandela to be held in September 2018.”

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