UNITED NATIONS-- South Africa's International Relations and Co-operation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has arrived in New York to spearhead Pretoria's bid for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) when elections for take place Friday for five countries to fill slots becoming vacant for the 2019-2020 term.
If successful in the vote, which is by secret ballot, it will be Pretoria's third term on the council. Pretoria previously served in the council, which is mandated to maintain international peace and security, in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012.
South Africa is the only African country vying for a seat on the UNSC and it's candidature to represent the east and southern African group has already been endorsed by southern Africa last year and the African Union in January.
The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) says 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 which South Africa wants to see achieved throughout the world.
During its tenure, South Africa will among other things, prioritize strengthening the co-operation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations, specifically between the United Nations and the African Union as well as conflict resolution and peace-building through inclusive dialogue, it says.
South Africa has maintained that strong proponent of multilateralism through participation in the UN as the organization 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.
While in New York, Sisulu is expected to pay a courtesy call on UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres and the President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak. She is also expected to have meetings with other countries seeking election to the UNSC, such as Belgium, Germany, Indonesia, Maldives and the Dominican Republic to discuss co-operation in the Security Council should they be elected.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK