Sierra Leone will be presenting its candidature for a seat in the Non-Permanent Category of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2024 -2025. The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations with the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. His Excellency the President Rtd. Brig. Julius Maada Bio has today launched Sierra Leone’s United Nations Security Council Seat bid Nationally.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Professor David John Francis, said the national launch and presentation of UNSC promotional materials will promote local awareness and ownership among citizens and galvanize local support in the pursuance of the Presidency at the United Nations Security Council.
He said Sierra Leone’s UNSC candidature has secured endorsement from ECOWAS and the African Union. Stating that, the AU endorsement ensures that Sierra Leone is not competing with any other African Country for the 3 seats allocated to Africa in the Council, hence a clean slate candidature is assured for Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone’s aspiration for the UNSC bid is with a clear vision that targets seven priorities that supports and strengthens the following:
1. Partnership and representation in the maintenance of peace and security,
2. Peace-making and peacebuilding
3. Human rights and accountability
4. Women and youth in peace and security
5. Terrorism and new threats to peace (climate change and human security)
6. Small arms control and
7. Security Council reform
Sierra Leone last served in the Security Council for in 1971. The elections for the 2024/2025 tenure will be held in the United Nations General Assembly in New York in June 2023.
The bid to serve in the UN Security Council in 2024-2025 is a testament to both our resilience and the efficacy of multilateral cooperation in successfully delivering peace in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone is currently serving as the coordinator of the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State (C-10) promoting, canvassing and advocating for the common African Position on United Nations Security Council Reform.
Director, Media & Strategic Communications
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.