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Peace and security in Africa: The centrality of preventive diplomacy, conflict prevention and resolution- Security Council, 8633rd meeting
7 Oct 2019 -  Letter dated 2 October 2019 from the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (S/2019/786).
Conflicts in Africa continue to form the bulk of items on the agenda of the Security Council. This is underscored by the fact that the vast majority of United Nations peacekeeping missions are on the African continent. The States members of the African Union have consistently appealed for the voice of Africa to be taken into account on issues of peace and security on the continent. This position is firmly rooted in the understanding that the Security Council is the principal organ/multilateral body charged with maintaining international peace and security, including on the African continent. Without regional cooperation, however, it is hard or almost impossible for United Nations efforts to succeed on their own.
South Africa proposes a debate in the Security Council during its presidency in October 2019, to reflect on the centrality and value of preventative diplomacy in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa. The issue will be covered under the item entitled “Peace and security in Africa” and will contribute to the enhancement of the African Union-United Nations partnership.