UN-SECURITY COUNCIL

UGANDA ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL, JANUARY 2009-DECEMBER 2010

Uganda assumed Membership to the United Nations (UN) Security Council on January 01, 2009, having been elected as a non-permanent Member for a term of two years, during the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly, held on 17 October 2008. The African Union unanimously endorsed Uganda's candidature.

Presidency of the Council
Uganda held the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of July 2009. The highlight was a Thematic Debate on Post-conflict Peacebuilding, at Ministerial Level, presided over by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kutesa, on July 22, 2009. The high-level meeting reiterated the Security Council's commitment to ensure more effective and efficient peacebuilding, and sustainable development in post-conflict situations.

The meeting considered the recommendations by the Secretary General on how to strengthen the United Nations' response, as well as ensure an early and more coherent response from the regional and wider international community. The Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement (S/PRST/2009/23) as an outcome of the Meeting. The Presidential Statement and the Statement by Hon. Kutesa are available under the Statements section of this website.

UGANDA ON THE SECURITY COUNCIL, JANUARY 2009-DECEMBER 2010

Uganda assumed Membership to the United Nations (UN) Security Council on January 01, 2009, having been elected as a non-permanent Member for a term of two years, during the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly, held on 17 October 2008. The African Union unanimously endorsed Uganda's candidature.

Presidency of the Council
Uganda held the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of July 2009. The highlight was a Thematic Debate on Post-conflict Peacebuilding, at Ministerial Level, presided over by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Sam Kutesa, on July 22, 2009. The high-level meeting reiterated the Security Council's commitment to ensure more effective and efficient peacebuilding, and sustainable development in post-conflict situations. The meeting considered the recommendations by the Secretary General on how to strengthen the United Nations' response, as well as ensure an early and more coherent response from the regional and wider international community. The Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement (S/PRST/2009/23) as an outcome of the Meeting. The Presidential Statement and the Statement by Hon. Kutesa are available under the Statements section of this website

Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution
Uganda's Permanent Representative to the UN, H.E. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, currently chairs the Ad Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa. The Working Group, pursuant to its mandate, holds informal and thematic meetings, workshops, forums, and public meetings. It reviews how the UN, working with the African Union, can implement more effective conflict prevention and resolution strategies in Africa, and how the countries emerging out conflict can be assisted to attain sustainable peace and development. The working group addresses regional and sub-regional issues, including the problem of drug trafficking.

Role in Supporting International Peace and Security
Uganda's history and experience have imbued her with a sense of mission reflected in the UN Charter. The country aspires for a peaceful and prosperous world to promote social progress, in greater freedom.
Uganda has served the international community with dedication in the maintenance of international peace and security; as well as other fields of endeavour, in accordance with provisions of the UN Charter.

Peacekeeping
Today, an increasing number of Ugandan troops and civilians are engaged in peacekeeping operations, and other activities in support of international peace, security, and development.

In Somalia, where Uganda is heading the UN authorised African Union Mission (AMISOM), her troops are supporting, together with those from Burundi, the Transitional Federal Government to establish peace and stability in Somalia after years of war and turmoil. They are providing hope to a nation that has not known peace for close to two decades. Ugandan soldiers are also providing medical services, as well as facilitating the movement and distribution of humanitarian supplies to the Somali population.

Under a Standby Agreement with the United Nations, Uganda has reserved a portion of her armed forces for deployment at short notice by the UN Secretary-General.
Ugandan Police Officers are serving to maintain law and order in Liberia, Sudan and Timor L'Este. Our Prison Officers are doing a similar job in equally diverse areas and regions.
In support of peace and security in the Great Lakes region, Uganda is host to the UN Logistics hub at Entebbe, providing logistics support to peacekeeping missions in the region. It currently provides logistics support to: UN Mission in Congo (MONUC), the UN Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS), African Uninon-.United Nations Hybrid Operation in Dafur (UNAMID). It is also expected to play a role in supplying the UN Mission in Chad and Central African Republic ( MINURCAT) as well as the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
In Burundi, Uganda as chair of the regional peace process, has worked together with South Africa, as Facilitator, other countries in the region, and the UN to assist Burundi emerge out of conflict and engage in peacebuilding, reconstruction and economic recovery. Burundi joined the East African Community in 2007 and can now look forward to stability and a prosperous future.

Uganda has also played, and continues to play various roles in conflict prevention and resolution in Africa.

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