By SA News
The South African government has welcomed the unanimous adoption of Resolution 2033 in the UN Security Council.
Resolution 2033 – initiated by South Africa as current president of the council and adopted on Thursday – stresses the importance of establishing a more effective relationship between the UNSC and regional bodies, in particular the AU Peace and Security Council.
The resolution focuses on cooperation in the areas of conflict prevention, resolution and management, electoral assistance and regional conflict prevention.
The resolution also encourages the improvement of regular interaction, consultation and coordination between the two bodies on matters of mutual interest.
President Jacob Zuma, who was chairing the UNSC high-level debate, has expressed satisfaction with the outcome.
“While we are pleased with the current relations between the two bodies, we also feel that we can deepen them further for better co-ordination when it comes to dealing with issues affecting our Continent. We want the views of the AU to be respected by the UN,” said Zuma.
South Africa will occupy the presidency of the UNSC, which rotates monthly among its member states alphabetically, for the month of January.
Pretoria has indicated that it will use its presidency to advance South Africa’s international relations policy objectives, including supporting the African Agenda, South-South and North-South cooperation, with a view to promoting democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights.