By Maxwell Nkansah
Ghana has been elected to serve as a member of the United Nations Security Council by the General Assembly of the United Nations for a two-year term for the period January 2022 to December 2023
Ghana secured 185 votes out of 190 votes cast. With this, the country secured the highest votes compared to the 4 other countries that were elected. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey cast Ghana’s vote.
Ghana received unanimous endorsement from all 15 ECOWAS member states and other African countries to be elected onto the United Nations Security Council.
President Akuffo Addo campaigned on Ghana’s experience and pedigree in peace and security on the African continent which places her in a position to provide valuable insights to the Council.
Ghana congratulated Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Albania and Gabon for their respective successful and look forward to working closely with all the new members of the Council when her 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, they 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.
The effective leadership being demonstrated by H.E. Akufo-Addo provides synergy for the membership of the Security Council, particularly in addressing the conflict situations in some parts of the West Africa region and the Sahel.
Ghana will bring to bear on the work of the Council her experience in conflict mediation, prevention and reconstruction. Ghana will also use her tenure on the Security Council to seek for a stronger and deeper collaboration and cooperation between the United Nations and regional bodies in a manner that enhances complementarity and ensures effectiveness of coordinated action.
As indicated during our campaign, Ghana’s tenure on the Council will focus on Enhancing Global Peace and Security for Sustainable and Inclusive Development. Some of our priorities will include: Ghana stands ready to be an active and instrumental member of the Council for the maintenance of international peace and security.
Once again, Ghana is grateful to the African Union and ECOWAS for endorsing our candidacy and to all Member States of the United Nations for giving us the opportunity to collaborate with them and be a voice for Africa on the Council.