South Africa to commemorate 75th Anniversary of the United Nations
President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, 21 September 2020, reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the United Nations on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. The President is participating in a number of virtual sessions of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA75) from 18 September 2020 to 02 October 2020.
75 years since its formation the United Nations has pivotally led global efforts in areas of health, climate change, governance, human rights and the development of international law. In ensuring the stability of the world it carries out political mediation, peacekeeping, conflict prevention and resolution. The commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity for reflection on the work of the United Nations and an overview of its successes and challenges.
The commemoration will outline the importance of multilateralism in addressing development, human rights, peace and security. President Ramaphosa will also participate in selected sessions in his capacity as Chairperson of the African Union. Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and 75th President of the UN General Assembly, Mr Volkan Bozkir of Turkey, organised this year’s activities virtually under the theme: “The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism.”
Tomorrow, Tuesday, 22 September 2020, in his Capacity as the African Union (AU) Chairperson, President Ramaphosa will address the opening day of the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President will assert the continent’s position on global and continental peace, security and development’s challenge and outline the African Union’s programme of action in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and achieving the goal of Silencing the Guns. South Africa is in its final year of its term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and will take up the Presidency of the Council in December 2020.
Source: Government of South Africa