As Nigeria gets set to assume the Presidency of the Security Council next month, its top officials had started holding diplomatic consultations with members of the Security Council
The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that already Nigeria’s envoy to the UN Joy Ogwu met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday.
A diplomatic source that was privy to the meeting said they exchanged in-depth views on major international and regional issues, including UN reform, peacekeeping operations, as well as reconstruction after conflicts.
“Nigeria is also planning to hold a debate on civilians in armed conflicts during her month-long presidency,” the source said.
Ogwu is also reaching out to the envoys from the five permanent members of the Council – France, Russia, Britain, China and the U.S., as well the elected 10 non-permanent members.
“The consultations are wide and extensive to ensure that members of the Council enjoyed common interest and cooperation to promote the role of the UN in international affairs,’’ the diplomatic source added.
holds the month-long rotating presidency of the 15-member body.
Nigeria was elected to a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in October 2009. The country is serving a two-year term that began on January 1, 2010.
Africa was allotted two seats that went to Nigeria and Gabon.
As a member of the Council, Nigeria participates in decisions ranging from deploying UN peacekeepers to imposing sanctions.
The country previously served three terms, most recently in 1994-1995 and a former envoy, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari had presided over the Security Council twice.
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan will today deliver a keynote address in Ontario, Canada, at the opening of the G-20 business leaders partnering with Africa’s dynamic market.
Jonathan yesterday departed Abuja for Canada on to attend, respectively, the G-20 and G-8 outreach programme for invited Heads of State.
A programme of events for the two summits, made available to NAN correspondents in Toronto, shows that Jonathan will join other world leaders to participate in the outreach programmes.
The G8 Summit which brings together the world’s most advanced economy: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, USA, Russia and the UK, is holding in Huntsville, Ontario.
The G8 Summit will be followed immediately by the G-20 Summit at Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Muskoka in Toronto.
As part of his visit, President Jonathan is billed to hold bilateral talks with the Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Stephen Harper andthereafter, meet with the Canadian business community.
He is also expected to have a working dinner with Presidents Jose Dos Santos of Angola and Jacob Zuma of South Africa, who are also invited to participate in the outreach programmes.
Jonathan is also to meet with the Nigerian Community and friends of Nigeria in Canada where issues relating to the progress, peace and development of the country will be discussed.