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Research Report

south africa in the un security council 2011-2012

Compiled by Lesley Masters
Copyright Date: Mar. 1, 2011
Pages: 58

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  2. (pp. [iv]-[v])
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  5. (pp. 7-9)

    On 12 October 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with 182 votes out of a possible 190, elected South Africa as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a period of two years beginning on 1 January 2011. Along with South Africa, Colombia, Germany, India and Portugal were also elected to serve on the Security Council for the same period. Preceding the UNGA vote, both the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) had endorsed South Africa’s candidature for the vacant seat reserved for the African continent in the United Nations Security...

  6. (pp. 10-19)

    This session was predicated on the basis of reflections by a senior diplomat and a foreign policy analyst, using this to discuss issues and perspectives that have come to define analyses of South Africa’s first tenure in the UN Security Council. The presentations and discussions that followed reflected in detail on the challenges confronted in 2007–2008 and the lessons learned.

    Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, the former South African ambassador to the UN and current Special Representative to the Great Lakes, emphasised that as we assume our position as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, it is necessary...

  7. (pp. 20-37)

    Session Two dealt with issues and challenges that South Africa will have to deal with during its ‘second coming’ in the UNSC. An attempt was made to ensure that proposed approaches to the tenure and specific agenda items demonstrated that South Africa had learned some valuable lessons from its failures and successes during the first term. Led by a presentations made by the current South African ambassador to the UN, Ambassador Baso Sangqu, Professor Anthonie van Nieuwkerk, Dr Jakkie Cilliers and a senior foreign affairs correspondent, Mr Peter Fabricius, the session dealt with matters of approach, style and content and...

  8. (pp. 38-52)
  9. (pp. 53-53)