The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, as part of Ghana’s campaign to secure support from Member States for her candidature for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council has paid a courtesy call on the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on 8th June, 2021.
The objective of the courtesy meeting was
to discuss with the S-G, Ghana’s vision and priorities for her tenure as a prospective non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council as well as exchange views on pertinent global security challenges, including the situation in the Sahel, particularly Mali.
During the meeting Hon Ayorkor Botchwey explained that in furtherance of Ghana’s commitment to enhancing global peace and security, she is seeking, for the fourth time, a non-permanent membership of the Security Council for the period 2022-2023.
She opined that Ghana is hopeful of being elected on 11th June, 2021 and has adopted as the theme for her agenda on the Security Council – “Enhancing Global Peace and Security for Sustainable and Inclusive Development”.
She futher noted the nexus between peace and security, and sustainable and inclusive development, particularly on the continent of Africa, and advocate the need to strengthen the close alignment of the work of the United Nations in those two areas in order to assure a reinforcing effect.
Hon Minister, mentioned that Ghana intends to leverage her previous and current experience as the Chair of ECOWAS and an active member of the AU to prioritise on the Council the issues of conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction, and the strengthening of partnerships between the UN and regional arrangements in dealing with conflict situations.
She seized the opportunity to brief the Secretary-General on efforts being undertaken by ECOWAS to address the security situation in the Sahel and the need to have a sustained and comprehensive approach in dealing with the situation.
Hon Aryokor Botchwey stated that the current deterioration of the situation in Mali was most unfortunate and a setback to the efforts of the international community and the region to restore democracy and rule of law in that country and consolidate the internal military capacity of Mali in the regional fight against extremists and terrorists on the fringes of the Sahel.
Consequently, she stated that the just ended Emergency ECOWAS Summit held in Accra on 30th May 2021, saw Heads of State strongly condemn the recent Coup d’Etat, in Mali which is a violation of the decisions taken at the extraordinary Summit held at the Peduase Lodge, Aburi, Ghana on 15th September 2020 and a violation of the Transition Charter.
She continued that the Heads of State therefore reaffirmed the importance and necessity of respecting the democratic process for ascending to power and condemned all actions that led to the ongoing instability in Mali. A decision was further taken to suspend Mali from ECOWAS Institutions in line with ECOWAS provisions and called for a new civilian Prime Minister to be nominated immediately.