Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has reaffirmed the country’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
Tshisekedi announced this as he met ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Kinshasa at the Palais de la Nation.
The Head of State and President-in-Office of the African Union unveiled his program of action which emphasizes the promotion of peace, security, environment and development.
“We presented our candidacy in 2019 and we are fully committed to this important adventure. Being aware of the important geostrategic role that it plays for the maintenance of international peace and security, it is with humility and determination that the Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo reminds the world that it is located in the heart of Central Africa and at the junction of four Africa, North, South, East and West,” the President said.
The DRC has already sat as a non-permanent member in the UN Security council in 1982-1983 and 1990-1991.
The Security Council consists of ten elected members, and five permanent members: China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the Russian Federation.
The ten non-permanent members are elected by the General meeting for a period of two years.
One of the missions of the council is to maintain international peace and security, in accordance with the purposes and principles of the United Nations.