Ghana has been elected to the UN Security Council for the term 2022-2023.
“Ghana will use its membership to pursue conflict prevention, post conflict reconstruction and strengthening of governance, leveraging on our previous and current experience as Chair of ECOWAS as well as our active membership of AU,” the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey has said.
Ghana had the highest number of votes of 185 out of the 190 ballots cast on Friday, June 11, 2021.
The required majority was 125.
Ghana in the statement congratulated Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Albania and Gabon for their respective successful elections, saying Ghana looks forward to working closely with all the new members of the Council when their tenure commences in January 2022.
“The endorsement of the African Union and the ECOWAS is deeply appreciated. With situations in Africa dominating the agenda of the Security Council, we vow to work assiduously to assist in addressing the conflicts on the continent and sustain the peace the people of Africa need. As is well known, issues on Africa constitute 70 percent of the Security Council’s agenda.”
“Ghana also thanks all other Member States for their confidence in Ghana’s candidacy. The broad support for Ghana confirms the trust Member States have in our membership of the Council and Ghana’s capacity to help address the challenges confronting our world today, including violent extremism, terrorism, malicious cyber threats, illicit trafficking of arms, climate change, etc,” the statement added.