3. South Africa and the United Nations Security Council

The Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC), in collaboration with the South African Department of Defence (DoD) in Tshwane, conducted a policy dialogue on “South Africa’s First Year on the UN Security Council” with about 15 senior DOD officials. Senior officials of South Africa’s foreign ministry were also panellists at this meeting in a bid to encourage dialogue and coordination between South Africa’s defence and foreign ministries.

The issues discussed included: a review of South Africa’s previous two tenures on the UN Security Council in 2007/2008 and 2011/2012; its current priorities on the Council involving “Women and Security”; “Silencing the Guns by 2020”; Security Relations between the UN and Africa’s Regional Bodies; South Africa’s Peacekeeping Efforts in UN missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Darfur, and South Sudan; as well as the Politics and Dynamics within the UN Security Council.

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Ambassador Welile Nhlapo, Former Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations (UN) Secretariat in New York, and former South African Ambassador to the United States (US) and the African Union (AU).

General Derrick Mgwebi, Director-General in the South African Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans, and former United Nations’ (UN) Force Commander in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi.

Professor Adekeye Adebajo, Director of the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC) at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Professor Sandy Africa, Deputy-Dean and former Director of the Institute for Strategic and Political Affairs (ISPA), University of Pretoria.

Mr. Zaheer Laher, Acting Chief Director in the United Nations, Peace and Security at South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).

Event Type


Department of Defense (DOD).


22 October 2019

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