South Africa reiterates commitment to UN Charter

The UN Charter being signed by a delegation at a ceremony held at the Veterans’ War Memorial Building on 26 June 1945. /UN

South Africa on Friday joined the international community in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter.

South Africa wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the UN Charter and its support for the primacy of the UN as a system of global governance through which current challenges facing the international community, including in the areas of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, could be resolved, the government said in a statement.

“The United Nations, as a system of global governance has made an immense contribution in maintaining international peace and security, fostering cooperation among states, promoting development, the adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights,” stated Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

The UN has also played a pivotal role in educating and informing the global community about challenges the world currently faces, Pandor said.

She paid tribute to the contribution that the UN has made to the people of South Africa, through its role in the dismantling of the inhumane and oppressive system of apartheid.

The signing of the UN Charter in San Francisco on June 26, 1945 was a seminal moment in the relations between states and invoked a sense of unity for a common cause for humanity, said Pandor.

The UN Charter remains the basis for the creation of a rules-based international system with multilateralism at its core, she said.

Today, the world faces new global challenges which warrant a renewed commitment by the international community to uphold and defend the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the principles of international law with a view to establishing a peaceful and prosperous world, as well as a just and equitable world order, said Pandor.

South Africa, she said, remains concerned at the growing resort to unilateralism and unilaterally imposed coercive measures that undermine the UN Charter and international law and threaten cooperation, peace and stability.

The commemoration comes at a time when the world is faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic reminds us once more of the vital importance of collective action through multilateral system with the UN and its agencies at the core,” Pandor stressed.