Ghana presides over UN Security Council today

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Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey,

The Republic of Ghana will today preside over the United Nations Security Council in New York, a historic moment in the country’s two-year tenure at the Security Council.

The essence of Ghana presiding over the Council’s affairs for the month of November stems from the fact that the UN Security Council is the principal organ for the maintenance and furtherance of international peace and security.

In a media engagement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, outlined some programmes of activities in November towards Ghana’s Presidency of the UN Security.

A release from the ministry indicated that there would be a press briefing by Harold Adlai Agyeman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations in New York, to the UN Press Agencies later today.

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It said on the same day during the evening, Mr Agyeman will also brief the wider UN Membership on the Programme of Work and Ghana’s priorities during the month.

The release said on Thursday, November 03, there would be an Open Ministerial debate, to be chaired by Miss Ayorkor Botchwey on the topic “Integrating Effective Resilience Building in Peace Operations for Sustainable Peace”, from 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm in the UN Security Council Chamber.

Other activities

It said on Thursday, November 10, from 2pm to 5pm, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would chair a debate at the Heads of State level on the topic “Counter-terrorism in Africa: An Imperative for Peace, Security, and Development”.

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The release said the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations, New York, had informed UNTV to out feeds of meetings and briefings via fiber outbound lines through two companies, “Encompass” and “IDB-The Switch”.

It said UNTV also covers all briefings at the Press Briefing Room, and it is always assigned to the outbound Line “Encompass 4025” as well as the Switch UNN TV.

It noted, however, that UNTV does not cover United Nations Security Council (UNSC) wrap-in briefings to member states, but WebTV does.

The release said in its capacity as President of the UN Security Council, Ghana hopes to build consensus in the Council and across the UN on the need to ensure that peace operations, including kinetic and non-kinetic interventions, take into consideration the changing security landscape by fully addressing underlying causes and drivers of conflict, linked to the growing youth bulge, poverty, climate change and absence of resilient institutions.

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