South Africa Government

12/04/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/04/2020 03:56

President Cyril Ramaphosa presides over virtual high-level debate on UN-AU cooperation, 4 Dec

President Cyril Ramaphosa will later today, Friday, 4 December 2020 at 15h30, preside over a United Nations (UN) high-level debate on 'Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organisations with a specific focus on the UN and the African Union (AU)'.

The high-level debate will be hosted by South Africa as part of its Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This role will come to an end at the end of December.

During the high-level debate, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Antonio Guterres, and African Union Commission Chairperson, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, will highlight their respective interventions for cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union in seeking peace and security solutions in Africa.

In line with the theme of the debate, Heads of State and Government of African countries currently on the agenda on the UN Security Council, will set out their experiences in terms on the Council's maintenance of peace and security on the Continent. These countries include the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic (CAR), Mali and Libya.

During this month, South Africa will focus on strengthening AU-UN Cooperation and emphasising the importance of a proactive approach to the maintenance of international peace and security through greater attention to preventative diplomacy mechanisms and post-conflict reconstruction and development.

South Africa's current term of the Security Council has focused on preventing and resolving conflicts on the African continent, advancing the Women Peace and Security Agenda and the promotion of the pacifist settlement of disputes as well as conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

Serving on the UN Security Council has provided South Africa with an opportunity to meaningfully contribute towards the African Union's goal of ending conflicts and silencing the guns on the Continent by 2020, specifically during this year where we concurrently Chair the African Union.

Media enquiries:
Tyrone Seale
Acting Spokesperson to President Ramaphosa
E-mail: [email protected]