SOUTH AFRICA – A NON-PERMANENT MEMBER OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL 2019 – 2020
“Continuing the Legacy: Working for Peace”
South Africa 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 was held during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly on 8 June 2018.
Following a global campaign to garner the widest possible support for our candidacy, South Africa received overwhelming support from UN member states and was elected. The President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, expressed their unreserved gratitude and appreciation to all the UN Member States that voted, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the nomination and the continental body, the African Union (AU), that endorsed South Africa’s candidature.
This will be South Africa's third term on the UNSC, having previously served in 2007 – 2008 and 2011 – 2012. The country’s tenure on the Security Council will be dedicated to the legacy of President Nelson Mandela and his commitment to peace.