President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa’s election to the United Nations Security Council was evidence that the international community still had tremendous faith in the country’s capacity to contribute to the resolution of global challenges.
It is the third time that South Africa will serve in the Security Council, post-democracy.
However, Friday’s election to that seat is perhaps the most important yet, given the current global climate.
“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,” read a statement issued by the Presidency on Friday.
“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,” continued the statement.
Some say South Africa misused its last tenure on the global body. This is a glorious opportunity for the country to advance the African agenda and the priorities set out by the African Union Agenda 2063.
“South Africa’s tenure will be guided by our 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,” read the statement.
“We are committed to addressing the root causes of conflict, including inequality and underdevelopment, and promoting inclusive political dialogue. South Africa remains deeply concerned about the emergence of unilateralism and its attendant threat to the International rules-based system. South Africa reaffirms the centrality of the United Nations Charter and the primacy of the United Nations Security Council on issues of international peace and security.”