On December 4th local time, South African President Ramaphosa addressed the high-level debate of the United Nations Security Council on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations, stressing that only the multilateral system can maintain world peace, security and development.
Ramaphosa said that South Africa is privileged to serve on the United Nations Security Council in 2020 and assume the presidency of the African Union. Ramaphosa recalled the cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union and the results achieved within the framework of multilateralism. The breakthrough peace agreements in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Sudan and, most recently Libya, have proved the importance of multilateral collaboration.
Ramaphosa said that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Beijing Platform for Action and the 20th anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. These basic policy frameworks ensure the legitimate rights and interests of women and children and promote and maintain international peace and security. International peace, security and development can only be achieved on the basis of the joint efforts of all countries and taking advantage of the respective advantages of each component of the multilateral system.