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South African Deputy Minister Expresses The Need For A Reformed System Of Global Governance

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Pretoria – South Africa believes that an effective and collective global system of governance remains the only hope in addressing the challenges faced by the world today.

Delivering a public lecture in the Dominican Republic, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Luwellyn Landers, said the current structure of the United Nations (UN) continues to marginalize developing countries.

In the 70 years of its existence, the UN remains undemocratic and unrepresentative, said the Deputy Minister.

“The continued marginalization of developing countries, coupled with unilateral actions by global powers in pursuit of narrow national interests, has weakened the UN. The irony is that developing countries’ peace and security issues dominate the agenda of the UN.

“We need a reformed system of global governance based on collective decision-making and implementation.”

Deputy Minister Landers said it was for this reason that during South Africa’s non-permanent memberships of the UN Security Council, Pretoria continued to work towards respect of the regional organisation’s intervention on issues affecting their regions.

“The commitment to provide African solutions to African problems is premised on our understanding of the inherent role of the AU as a regional organisation in pursuing the African agenda,” he said.  

In the same vein, South Africa was concerned about the reversal of gains registered in synergizing the work of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the UNSC to prevent and manage conflicts in Africa.

“We therefore believe that this is contrary to the provisions of Chapter VIII of the UN Charter on the relationship between the UN and regional organisations.” –


[photo credits: “Aerial View of Sea Point, Cape Town South Africa” by Hilton1949 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –,_Cape_Town_South_Africa.jpg#/media/File:Aerial_View_of_Sea_Point,_Cape_Town_South_Africa.jpg]



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