As Ghana takes over the UN Security Council, terrorism is high on the agenda | Techno Glob

Ghana on Tuesday assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council for November as the debate on violent extremism and terrorism in Africa topped its agenda.

Ghana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Amb. Harold Agyeman, while briefing journalists at the UN Headquarters on the month’s work program and Ghana’s priorities.

The Security Council, which is composed of 15 member states, is the organ of the United Nations authorized by the Charter with primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.

Ghana will preside over Council meetings (adoption, debates and consultations) and, under its authority, will represent the Security Council as an organ of the United Nations within this month.

Agyeman said the two major challenges in Africa are violent extremism and terrorism, noting that most of the program will focus on debates on how to address the challenges.

He said the focus would be on addressing these debates in line with the Security Council leadership’s priority of promoting global peace and security for sustainable and inclusive development.

“We will hold two debates on peace and security in Africa. First, we will discuss “Peacebuilding and Sustainable Peace: Integrating Effective Resilience for Sustainable Peace” on Thursday.

“On November 10, we will hold another debate on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security: Counter-Terrorism in Africa: An Imperative for Peace and Development’,” he said.

The Ambassador said the event will be held under the Sustainable Peace Agenda and chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana, Madam Shirley Botchwe.

“The second event will also take place under the agenda on International Peace and Security and will be chaired by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Akufo-Addo.

“This debate will seek to focus on how counter-terrorism measures in Africa can best be supported through the work of the Security Council and how the Council itself can support such a force,” he said.

He said the permanent representatives of the council will hold a breakfast meeting with some of the elders to discuss how the council will be supported to deal with their mandate.

On the program of the month, the Security Council is expected to hold briefings and consultations on peace and security in Africa (Piracy Gulf of Guinea), and peace and security in Africa (G5 Sahel).

The UN General Assembly, in June 2021, elected Ghana to a two-year term on the Security Council from January 2022 to December 2023.

Ghana’s agenda is to promote global peace and security, particularly in Africa, for sustainable and inclusive development.

Ghana was elected for the fourth time to serve on the Security Council and for the seventh time as President of the Security Council.


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