Zimbabwe has set its sights on landing a seat on the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member between 2027 and 2028, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.
The Security Council has the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security and has 15 members who each has one vote.
Under the Charter of the United Nations, all member states are obligated to comply with Council decisions.
In a post Cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe had made known its intentions at the recently held 41st Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council held in Lusaka, Zambia.
“The Executive Council took note of the interest by Zimbabwe to present its candidature as a Non-Permanent Member in the United Nations Security Council for the period 2027-2028 and deferred endorsement of the offer to the next Session of the Executive Council,” she said.
The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, Britain, and the United States of America) and 10 non-permanent members elected by the General Assembly for a term of two years.
At its eighteenth session, in 1963, the Assembly decided that the non-permanent members of the Council should be elected according to the following pattern: five from African and Asian States, one from Eastern European States, two from Latin American States, two from Western European and other States.
But Africa, in line with the Ezulwini consensus has been pushing for a permanent seat on the Security Council.
Mutsvangwa said Zimbabwe had also expressed its interest to host the Regional Centres of Regulatory Excellency for the Southern Region, given that the country’s regulatory authority, the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe was accredited and pre-qualified by World Health Organisation as a Regional Centre of Excellence.
Meanwhile, Mutsvangwa said the AU executive council had approved the 2023 AU budget of US$654 878 930, and the hosting of the African Medicines Council by Rwanda.
The meeting also instructed the Permanent Representatives Committee to urgently finalise, the AU Partnership Strategy and Policy Framework for submission to 42nd Session of the Executive Council in February 2023.
“The Strategy is expected to bring clarity on how the AU engages with its external partners as well as how it can best leverage on partnerships for the benefit of the continent.”