Ethiopia chairs UNSC’s emergency meeting on N Korea

(EBC; September 4, 2017) - The emergency session, aimed at discussing an international response to the latest nuclear test by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), will be the first meeting of the Security Council under Ethiopia's presidency.

Ethiopia has assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council last Saturday and its delegation has been in DPRK since last Saturday.

During its presidency of the Council, Ethiopia will give priority towards strengthening the partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) in the area of peace and security, according to Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It will also lead the UNSC delegation, which will participate at the 11th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting with the AUPSC, scheduled to take place on 7 and 8 September 2017 at the AU Headquarters, in Addis Ababa.

As president of the Security Council, Ethiopia will Co-chair this meeting together with the current chairperson of the AUPSC.

It will also chair the High Level Open Debate on the reform of the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations scheduled to be held on 20 September, 2017.

The debate will be chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and is expected to be attended by Heads of State and Government as well as other high level officials of members of the Security Council and the wider membership of the United Nations.

The open debate will focus on recommendations from the previous Secretary-General and on the reform process initiated by the current Secretary-General.

Ethiopia is the largest African contributor to UN peacekeeping Missions and the second largest contributor in the world with some 12,968 peacekeepers dispatched all over the world.

Source: APA News