Nigeria as­sumes pres­i­dency of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil

Daily Trust - - AFRICA - By Romoke W. Ah­mad

Nigeria’s Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, Pro­fes­sor Joy Ogwu yes­ter­day as­sumed the one-month ro­ta­tional Pres­i­dency of the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

Am­bas­sador Ogwu takes over from Am­bas­sador Sylvie Lu­cas, the Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Lux­em­bourg, who held the Pres­i­dency for the month of March.

Ac­cord­ing a state­ment from the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion of Nigeria

to the United Na­tions, New York, USA, Nigeria is cur­rently hold­ing the chair of two Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Com­mit­tees: the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Com­mit­tee es­tab­lished pur­suant to res­o­lu­tion 2048 (2012) con­cern­ing GuineaBis­sau, and the Ad Hoc Work­ing Group on Con­flict Preven­tion and Res­o­lu­tion in Africa.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Nigeria is one of the three vice-chairs of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Com­mit­tee es­tab­lished pur­suant to res­o­lu­tion 1540 (2004), con­cern­ing the non-pro­lif­er­a­tion of weapons of mass de­struc­tion; and one of the two vice-chairs the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Com­mit­tee es­tab­lished pur­suant to res­o­lu­tion 1591 (2005) con­cern­ing Sudan.

The state­ment read in part: “with the sup­port of all other mem­bers of the Coun­cil, Nigeria will use its month-long pres­i­dency to ac­tively pro­mote the cause of in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity, in line with the prin­ci­ples of the UN Char­ter and the man­date of the Coun­cil.”

It would be re­called that Nigeria was elected a non-per­ma­nent mem­ber of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil on 17 Oc­to­ber 2013 and will serve on the Coun­cil for the pe­riod 2014 - 2015.

This is the fifth time since in­de­pen­dence that Nigeria has been elected to serve on the most pow­er­ful de­ci­sion-mak­ing or­gan of the United Na­tions charged with the main­te­nance of in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.

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