Deliberating South Africa's Role on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)

Institute for Global Dialogue

The project examined South Africa's second term on the UNSC through the lens of an Emerging Powers dimension and the pursuit of the African Agenda. This was informed by the fact that the Security Council’s composition in 2011 comprised of the established 'Permanent Five' members, the new emerging power blocs represented by IBSA and BRICS, the overlapping presence of the G4 made up of Germany and Japan, and notwithstanding Nigeria and Gabon. What is described as a veritable geopolitical cockpit, the project sought to reflect on Pretoria’s identity and behaviour between that as an emerging actor while simultaneously finding synergies with its African counterparts on crucial African issues as they confront the Council.


To generate debate on South Africa's second term performance on the United Nations Security Council in relation to how Pretoria balances its relationship with the emerging powers also serving on the Council as well as promote the African Agenda.

Reports / Outputs: 
  1. Proceedings report of roundtable on the Emerging Powers dimension of the SA's 2011-2012 UNSC stay:
  2. Short video of the August 2011 roundtable on You Tube:
  3. Policy brief on the implications of the UNSC's response to the Libyan crisis for SA's African Agenda:
  4. Opinion piece for the SABC news website on the implications of Morocco joining the UNSC for SA's African Agenda:
  5. Opinion piece for the SABC News website on the possibility of a UNSC reform through IBSA:
  6. Policy Brief - South Africa's Presidency of the UN Security Council: What to make of it:
  7. South Africa in the UN Security Council 2011–2012: Promoting the African Agenda in a sea of multiple identities and alliances
  8. South Africa's Second Tenure in the UN Security Council: Promoting the African Agenda

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