The Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s (DIRCO) vision is championing an African continent, which is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and united and which aspires to a world that is just and equitable.
DIRCO’s mission is to formulate, coordinate, implement and manage South Africa’s foreign policy and international relations programmes, promote South Africa’s national interest and values and the African Renaissance (and create a better world for all).
Through bilateral and multilateral interactions protect
and promote South African national interests and values
Conduct and coordinate
South Africa’s international relations and promote its foreign policy objectives
Monitor international developments and advise government on foreign policy
and related domestic matters
Protect South Africa’s sovereignty and
Contribute to the formulation of international law and
enhance respect for the provisions thereof
Promote multilateralism to secure
a rules based international system
Maintain a modern, effective and excellence
Provide consular services to South African nationals abroad
Provide a world class and uniquely South African State Protocol service.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation adheres to the following values:
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