Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, has said Ghana will continue to rely on the use of diplomatic approaches in handling matters at the United Nations Security Council.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Monday February 7, she said already, in the capacity as the chair of the African Union Peace and Security Council, she chairs the inter-ministerial meeting to provide guidance to three African members (3A.)
“The defining leadership of of ECOWAS by the President of the Republic has won Ghana great respect in the community . World leaders praise the leadership of president on every occasion.
This is important as it amplifies our voice in dealing with international community on matters that are central to the peace, security and prosperity of the of our people and those in our region.
“Diplomatic leadership will continue to be a hallmark of ours as we perform our responsibility as a nonpermanent member of the United Nations security council for the next two years.
“Already, in our capacity as the chair of the African Union Peace and Security Council, I chair the inter-ministerial meeting to provide guidance to three African members, the A3,” she said.
Ghana was admitted to the UN Security Council early this year.
Ghana’s membership was marked on Jan. 4 as it participated in a flag ceremony along with other new members, including Albania, Brazil, Gabon, and the UAE.
Ghana will serve on the council from Jan. 1, 2022 to December 2023.
This will be the third time Ghana will hold a non-permanent seat on the council which leads the UN’s peace agenda for the security of member countries.
Ghana was first given the opportunity to serve on the council in the 1960s and was back for the period of January 2006-December 2007.
At the ceremony that took place at the Media Stakeout Area of the Security Council, Permanent Representative of Ghana to the UN, Ambassador Harold Agyeman said: “Ghana will seek to work with other council members to promote international peace and security, including through effective peacekeeping, in order to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).”
Africa, he stressed, will be Ghana’s first priority.
The 15-member council is the most powerful body of the UN and is made up of 10 seats for temporary members and five permanent members — China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US — that have veto power.
The other 10 members are elected by the 193-member General Assembly for a two-year term and are allocated by the global region.
Ghana in June 2021 secured 185 out of 190 votes cast.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana