President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Presidency is honoured by the confidence the international community has demonstrated in South Africa’s capability to contribute to the resolution of global challenges.

He welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to elect South Africa to serve in the UN Security Council from next year until 2020 as a non-permanent member.

The Presidency says the seat will help to strengthen an effective partnership between the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council.

In a statement Presidential Spokesperson Khusela Diko says the Presidency wants to express their unreserved gratitude and appreciation to the regional body SADEC for nominating South Africa and to the African Union for endorsing the nomination.

The President says South Africa will use its UN Security Council membership to advance the interests of Africa, especially the priorities of the African Union Agenda 2063.

Ramaphosa says they want to reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to enhancing cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organisations in maintaining international peace and security.

The presidency says it also wants to reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the peaceful resolution of global disputes and the advancement of inclusive development in line with the United Nations Charter and International Law.

 

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