Ghana elected to the UN Security Council

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The United Nations General Assembly on Friday elected Ghana for a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council for the period January 2022 to December 2023.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to the Ghanaian News Agency said that Ghana received 185 votes out of 190 votes cast.

He said that with this, Ghana got the highest votes among the other four elected countries.

Mrs. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, voted for Ghana.

The statement said Ghana congratulated Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Albania and Gabon on their respective successful elections and looks forward to working closely with all new Council members when their term begins in January 2022.

He said the approval of the African Union and ECOWAS was deeply appreciated.

“With the situations in Africa dominating the agenda of the Security Council, we pledge to work diligently to help resolve conflicts on the continent and maintain the peace the African people need,” he said.

“As we know, questions on Africa constitute 70% of the agenda of the Security Council.

Ghana also thanks all other Member States for their confidence in Ghana’s candidacy. The broad support for Ghana confirms the confidence Member States have in our membership in the Council and Ghana’s ability to help address the challenges our world faces today, including violent extremism, terrorism, malicious cyber threats , illicit arms trafficking, climate change, etc.

He said that the effective leadership demonstrated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has provided synergy for Ghana’s membership in the Security Council, in particular to deal with conflict situations in parts of the region. ‘West Africa and the Sahel.

The statement said that Ghana will bring to the work of the Council its experience in conflict mediation, prevention and reconstruction.

He said Ghana would also use its mandate in the Security Council to seek stronger and deeper collaboration and cooperation between the United Nations and regional bodies in a way that strengthens complementarity and ensures the effectiveness of a coordinated action.

He said, as reported during the Ghana campaign, that his tenure on the Council would focus on strengthening global peace and security for sustainable and inclusive development.

He said some of Ghana’s priorities would include the commitment to place the critical agenda of conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction and multilateralism at the heart of UN peace and
security program.

The statement said others were promoting human rights, sustainable development, peace and security to advance the work of the Security Council, especially at a time when the United Nations was mobilizing all Member States to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advocate for the implementation of actions recommended by the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, such as better strategic planning, better force generation, enhanced safety and security, and enhanced efforts to combat the sexual exploitation and abuse.

Strengthen partnerships between the United Nations and continental and regional organizations such as the African Union and ECOWAS in conflict prevention, peacekeeping operations and special political missions.

And address conflicts caused by environmental factors such as land degradation, desertification, drought and climate change.

He said Ghana was ready to be an active and instrumental member of the Council for the maintenance of international peace and security.

“Once again, Ghana is grateful to the African Union and ECOWAS for endorsing our candidacy and to all United Nations Member States for giving us the opportunity to collaborate with them and be a voice for Africa in the Council, ”he said.

Source: GNA

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