Africans Struggle to Be a Unified Force in the UN Security Council, Complicated by the Coronavirus

Represented by nonpermanent members only, African countries face problems working as a unified front on the UNSC.

by Maurizio Gurrero. Read more on PassBlue.

Jerry Matjila, the ambassador of South Africa to the UN, was rotating president of the Security Council in October, above. During its term, the country has been striving to unify the positions of the elected African members on the Council. The pandemic has made the goal harder. KIM HAUGHTON/UN PHOTO
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia, known as Farmajo, front, and his delegation at the Russia-Africa conference in Sochi, 2019. Russia’s first-ever such event was meant to influence leaders and sell weapons. JOE PENNEY

Independent Coverage the United Nations. A project of The New School’s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, supported by the Carnegie Corporation.

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