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, The Honourable Minister paid a courtesy call on the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres on 8th June, 2021 In New York.
Honourable Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey
discussed 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.
She 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.
Foreign Minister was hopeful that Ghana will be 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 Noted that 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;
Ghana has intention of leveraging 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;
Honourable Ayorkor Botchwey also briefed 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.
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.
The recently 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. *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.
She said that Ghana is troubled by the growing spate of insecurity in the West Africa region in recent times, manifesting in terrorist attacks, political instability, maritime piracy, as well as the negative socio-economic impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic (called for the equitable distribution of vaccines)
She also noted with concern the security situation in Chad following the demise of President Iddris Deby, and its impact on the war against extremism;
She welcomed the S-G’s recent appointment of Mahamat Saleh Annadif as his Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) as well as Abdoulaye Mar Dieye as a Special Coordinator for development in the Sahel. The appointments are seen as a demonstration of the SG’s commitment to addressing the crises in the region in a comprehensive manner as is required.
She expressed Ghana’s readiness to support the SRSG and the Special Coordinator to help find lasting solutions to the challenges in the region, and urge the mobilization of global resources to address some of the challenges that have been occasioned by weak State capacity. Ghana as the current Chair of ECOWAS, will work with the United Nations and its agencies, including UNOWAS, the Peacebuilding Commission, and the UNODC in strengthening institutions and building capacity to effectively deal with the crises in the region.
She Concluded by assuring the Secretary-General of Ghana’s continuous commitment to promoting multilateralism as the best means of achieving a safer, peaceful and prosperous world
On the part of DG, He welcomed the agenda and priorities set out by Ghana as enumerated by Ghana’s foreign minister which, according to the Secretary General, should resonate strongly with all UN member states
Mr Guterres applauded the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, as the chair OF ECOWAS for his efforts at mediation to resolve the crises in Mali and that ECOWAS, under the chairmanship of the president of Ghana, had taken the right approach with addressing the conflict in Mali.
SG emphasised that an all inclusive Government in Mail should be the target for approaching steps to lasting peace
and that there was a need for solidarity among nations to address the COVID 19 pandemic
Mr Guterres acknowledged Ghana’s efforts at calling on the international community to address the financing gap as far as COVID is concerned and again lauded Ghana’s exemplary role at promoting the SDGs with HE President Nana Addo as the co-chair of the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates.
Mr Antonio Guterres finally Wished Ghana well in all activities aimed at promoting her candidature for a non permanent seat to the UN Security Council.