SOUTH AFRICA’S CANDIDACY TO SERVE AS A NON-PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL 2019 – 2020
“Continuing the Legacy: Working for Peace”
South Africa has presented its candidature to fill the non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the term 2019 – 2020. The election for this seat will be held during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in June 2018. In order to be successfully elected, South Africa requires the wide support of the UN member states and has embarked on a global campaign to garner the widest possible support for its candidacy.
If successful, this will be South Africa’s third term on the UNSC (previously serving in 2007 – 2008 and 2011 – 2012). South Africa’s candidacy is driven by the legacy of President Nelson Mandela and his undying commitment to the peaceful settlement of disputes. It is also part of South Africa’s commitment to the aspiration of the African Continent to “silence the guns” by 2020 – an objective and an ideal that South Africa would like to see achieved throughout the world.