On Friday June 11 member States of the United Nations will be casting a crucial ballot for the election of non-permanent members to the Security Council.Ghana is the official,uncontested candidate of ECOWAS and one of the two endorsed candidates of the African Union to be elected for the term 2022-2023.
Ghana’s foreign affairs Minister Hon Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey who is championing the country’s bid met with the ECOWAS group to solicit their overwhelming support and votes on Friday 11th June 2021 elections of UN Security Council non permanent membership portfolio.
Ghana is committed to cooperating with all Member States and the entire UN body in “Enhancing Global Peace and Security for Sustainable and Inclusive Development”, which is the theme for Ghana’s tenure on the Council when elected. The security concerns of the ECOWAS region will therefore be very much at the centre of focus. This will include focusing attention on the situation in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin Area. We need to mobilize the international community, through the leadership of the Council, to reverse the deteriorating security situation in that part of our continent and foster the conditions for economic progress Ayorkor Botchwey indicated in her address to the ECOWAS group.
Given that 70% of the Security Council’s agenda is centered on Africa, Ghana intends to use her membership of the Council to advocate for and build support for effective responses that enable us to deal with terrorism, protracted conflicts, cyber threats, maritime piracy, food insecurity as well as climate change.
Ghana also intends to pursue a number of priorities including conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction and strengthening of governance, leveraging on our previous and current experience as Chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as well as our active membership of the African Union (AU).
The evidence shows that global challenges, including insecurity, can be better managed when placed within their specific regional contexts. In this regard, we will encourage the further deepening of cooperation between the UN and continental and regional organisations to help achieve effective results. We support the ongoing partnerships between the UN and other regional arrangements such as the AU and ECOWAS in tackling security challenges. We will call for more of such complementarity.
Hon Ayorkor Botchwey reiterated the need for ECOWAS region to continue to help maintain the momentum in realizing the AU’s “Silencing the Guns” initiative which provides guidelines for tackling an extensive array of political, economic, social, environmental, and legal factors identified as contributors to conflict or impediments to development, ranging from poverty, and environmental degradation, to illicit arms trafficking, cyber threats, and the erosion of democracy.
The recent upsurge in maritime piracy in the West Africa region as well as the situation in Mali and Chad are of immediate concern and goes to show that more concerted effort is required to stabilise governance systems in our countries.
Ghana is currently the co-chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates for UN SDGs, the President of Ghana, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo intends to use Ghana’s tenure on the Security Council to re-emphasize the urgency in accelerating progress towards the attainment of the SDGs. Consequently, the continuous support for initiatives that empower women and youth in particular, and the creation of the right opportunities for their meaningful participation in development will help in the realization of Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security (WPS) as well as Resolution…on Youth, Peace and Security.
Hon Ayorkor said , if Ghana is elected to the Council, the country will be committed to highlighting the effects of climate change on the economic, human and security situation in many parts of the continent, including the Sahel and Lake Chad.
With regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must push for equitable access to global vaccines and maintain our solidarity to enable us recover from the devastating effect from the pandemic on our economies and health systems.
We need no reminding that we must take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the respective regional integration agendas on the continent in order to crystalise the socio-economic development of the African continent and her stability and durable peace and security.
Regarding the reform of the Security Council, the Ezulwini Consensus and Sirte Declaration, which spell out the Common African Position on the reform of the Council are key decisions for moving forward the discussions for a more representative and inclusive Council that better responds to the current global challenges.
Together we can achieve a lot more for our region and I look forward to working closely with your individual countries on the matters that I have enumerated the Minister said in her address to the ECOWAS group.
She concluded by reaffirming Ghana’s commitment to the multilateral system, and entreated all to vote for Ghana on 11th June, 2021 to enable Ghana contribute to ongoing work of the Security Council to address the current challenges confronting all Member States.