Durban - South Africa officially assumed its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the period 2019-2020.
South Africa was overwhelmingly elected to serve on the Council by the United Nations General Assembly on June 8, 2018.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said this will be the third time that South Africa will be serving in the Security Council since the dawn of democracy in 1994.
"We are humbled and honoured by the confidence the international community has demonstrated in our capability to contribute to the resolution of global challenges," he said.
South Africa’s tenure in the Security Council will be dedicated to the legacy of President Nelson Mandela whose values and commitment to peace were commemorated last year during the centenary of his birth. South Africa’s term will also be an opportunity for the country to work towards the African Union’s goal of “Silencing the Guns” on the Continent by 2020.