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Gearing up for the UNSC

20 November 2018

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has reached an advanced stage of its preparation for South Africa's third term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Photo: Participants of the E10 engagement (Yandisa Monakali/DNS)

To arm itself for the term, DIRCO hosted a two-day workshop from 13 to 14 November 2018 with the incoming, current and outgoing elected members (E10) of the UNSC.

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.

“The dialogue is an unprecedented engagement. 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,” said DIRCO Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

The workshop, which South Africa co-hosted with Sweden, aimed at sharing experiences and ideas among the elected members of the UNSC for better coordination on the work of the council.

“Sweden is very pleased to have worked together with South Africa to strengthen the cooperation in the group of elected members to the UN Security Council (the E10) and is pleased that South Africa will also promote some of Sweden’s key interest, among them Women, Peace and Security,” said Ambassador Cecilia Julin of Sweden to South Africa.

The participants mapped 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.




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