South Africa’s ruling political party, the African National Congress (ANC) welcomed the election of the country as a non-permanent member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council with a number of remarkable pledges on international affairs including the upholding of for the liberation of Palestine and Western Sahara.
Above all, the ANC said its government will use the UN Security Council position to “build a world of peaceful co- existence, tolerance to diversity, respect of the rule of law and the sovereignty of states.
“We remain deeply concerned about the emergence of unilateralism and its attendant threat to an International rules-based system.”
This is the third time that South Africa is elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council which signals the continued rise of the country’s significance in international affairs. South Africa also a member of the BRICS, a bloc made of Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa. It is also a member of the G20.
This will also be seen as an opportunity for South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, to asset his agenda in a world made tricky by the Donald Trump factor.
Here follows the full ANC statement.
The African National Congress welcomes the third election of South Africa as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. This is a victory for peace and an opportunity to address the root causes of conflict. This further ensures that inequality and underdevelopment are addressed as well as allow for the promotion of inclusive political dialogue.
The ANC appreciates and acknowledges the role played by the 183 of the 190 states who voted for South Africa. The ANC-led government will utilise its membership to advance interests of Africa, particularly, the priorities of the African Union Agenda 2063.
The ANC 54th National Conference declared 2018 as the centenary year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, both of whom were champions of peace, progress and democratic resolution of challenges. The election of the SA government under the leadership of the ANC in the UNSC, heralds an opportunity for a peaceful resolution of the issues concerning the global community, especially the violence meted on the Palestinians as well as the continued occupation of Western Sahara.
The ANC calls on the world to follow on the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu and reflect on the current world order, the balance of forces within the individual countries, regionally, continentally and globally. This reflection should be underpinned by the role such forces play in shaping the agenda that protects the ideals of a world that is just, equitable, peaceful, and prosperous.
The ANC and the government it leads will fulfill its historic mandate of building a world of peaceful co- existence, tolerance to diversity, respect of the rule of law and the sovereignty of states.
We remain deeply concerned about the emergence of unilateralism and its attendant threat to an International rules-based system. The ANC reaffirms South Africa’s commitment to enhance cooperation between the United Nations and all other multilateral organisations in matters relating to the maintenance of international peace and security in accordance with the United Nations Charter and International Law.