What does a successful Security Council term look like?


Every year in January, newly elected UN Security Council members start their two year terms. This is also the time when incoming and outgoing states need to exchange experiences, views and lessons on how to ensure a successful term.

This seminar will reflect on some of the conditions that allow countries to be effective in the UN Security Council. The focus will be on the experience of South Africa, an outgoing council member, and expectations from Ireland, an incoming member. Speakers will cover coordination mechanisms, staffing and strategies to influence decisions made by the global body.

This seminar is co-hosted by the ISS and the Embassy of Ireland.

Chair: Priyal Singh, Researcher, Peace Operations and Peacebuilding, ISS Pretoria


Amb Sonja Hyland, Political Director, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland

Zaheer Laher, Acting Chief Director, UN Peace and Security, Department of International Relations and Cooperation, SA

Dr Philani Mthembu, Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue

Gerard Keown, UN Director, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland

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