Ghana joins UN Security Council

Photo taken on June 29, 2021 shows a UN Security Council meeting on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions at the UN headquarters in New York. Renewing the sanctions regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council on Tuesday also extended by 12 months the mandate of the Group of Experts overseeing their implementation. (Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo/Handout via Xinhua)

Ghana has been admitted to the UN Security Council, confirming the West African country’s return to the group after 15 years.

Ghana’s new term began on January 1. Ghana will serve on the council until December 2023.

“Ghana will seek to work with other council members to promote international peace and security, including through effective peacekeeping, in order to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals),” Permanent Representative of Ghana to the UN, Ambassador Harold Agyeman said.

This will be the third time Ghana will hold a non-permanent seat on the council which leads the UN’s peace agenda for the security of member countries.

Ghana was first given the opportunity to serve on the council in the 1960s and was back for the period of January 2006-December 2007.

The 15-member council is the most powerful body of the UN and is made up of 10 seats for temporary members and five permanent members, China, France, Russia, Britain and the United States.