SA is serving a two-year term as a nonpermanent member of the 15-member UN security council after earlier stints in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. Early priorities include pursuing “The African Agenda”; seeking to codraft security council resolutions on African cases (which are dominated by France, Britain and the US in 10 of 12 African cases); and pushing for closer co-operation between the council and Africa’s regional organisations. SA has about 1,200 troops deployed in UN peacekeeping missions in  Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Darfur and South Sudan. Tshwane strongly supported the Equatorial Guinean-led “Silencing the guns in Africa by 2020” debate in February, an Agenda 2063 initiative originally driven by SA’s former AU Commission chair, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in 2013. On the issue of peacekeeping, during Indonesian-led debates earlier in May on improving the training and safety of peacekeepers, Tshwane joined China and Russia in insisting on the centrality of the Nigerian-...

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