South Africa ready for another UNSC mandate

Ambassadors of South Africa, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Belgium and Germany, at a UNSC meeting. Photo : UN

Pretoria, South Africa (ADV) – South Africa is ready for another mandate at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) which resumes in January 2019.

This came into light after the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) confimed that it has reached an advanced stage of its preparation for South Africa’s third term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC by hosting a workshop with the incoming, current and outgoing elected members (E10) of the UNSC.

The two-day workshop, which South Africa is co-hosting with Sweden from 13 to 14 November 2018, aims at sharing experiences and ideas among the elected members of the UNSC for better coordination on the work of the council.

“The dialogue is an unprecedented engagement”, said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

“It brings together, in a unique setting, the elected members of the United Nations Security Council to discuss issues of mutual cooperation and opportunities for better coordination.”

The participants are expected to map out the role of the elected members of the UNSC, the challenges and opportunities of membership, the way forward and the future of E10 cooperation. Participants at the workshop are also looking at civil society’s perspectives in relation to the work of this important organ of the UN.

The opening session also included messages the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, HE Margot Wallström.

The current members of the E10 are Bolivia, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Netherlands, Peru, Poland and Sweden while countries joining the UNSC from January 2019 to serve a two-year term are Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Mkhululi Chimoio – African Daily Voice (ADV)