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Strengthening the UNSC: Tapping into Germany's and South Africa's experience

The conference aims to unpack the mechanisms for building consensus on key issues that are brought before the UNSC. Presentations focus on how effective permanent and non-permanent members in their engagement on polarising issues are.

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PROGRAMME

Day One

08:30-09:15:Registration

09:15–09:30Welcome

Jakkie Cilliers, Executive Director ISS

Dieter Haller, German Ambassador to South Africa

09:30–10:45Keynote Session

H.E. Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation tbc

Michael von Ungern-Sternberg, Director General United Nations Affairs, German Foreign Office tbc

10:45–11:15Break

11:15–13:00Session I: Building consensus in the UNSC

This session will unpack the mechanisms for building consensus on key issues that are brought before the UNSC. How effective are permanent and non-permanent members in their engagement on polarising issues? Who are the bridge-builders? What mechanisms are being employed to ensure consensus? Which areas require reform to enable more effective engagement?

Speakers:

Ambassador Leslie M. Gumbi, Chief Director United Nations,South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation tbc

Michael von Ungern-Sternberg, Director General United Nations Affairs, German Foreign Office tbc

Collin Keating, Director UNSC Report tbc

Eduard Lintner, former Member of Parliament, Germany

Moderated by:Francis Nguendi, ISS

13:00–14:30Lunch

14:30-16:30Session II: Regional bodies and the UN Security Council: the AU and the EU

This session will unpack the modalities of engagement between regional bodies and the UNSC. It will take a comparative look at how the AU and the UNSC engages on African conflict situations and the division of labour between the two bodies, versus the EU and its engagement on European questions . Who takes the lead? How are resources mobilised? How does one ensure coherence of effort and political agreement? (It will discuss the extent to which the AU is able to steer conflict prevention initiatives with UNSC support. This session will also unpack how effectively the Africa group operates as a lobby group in the UN on critical African issues that are brought before the UNSC.)

Speakers:

Jürgen Schröder, former German Member of the European Parliament

Roland van de Geer, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Commission tbc

Ambassador Nomasonto Sibanda-Thusi, Chief Director Western Europe, South African Department of International Relations and

Cooperation

Dr. Timothy Murithi, Head Transitional Justice Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

AU representative (Secretary, Peace and Security Council) - tbc

Moderated by:Dr. Petrus de Kock, SAIIA

17:30Reception by invitation of the German Ambassador Dieter Haller

Day Two

Session III: Comparative Case Studies

Both South Africa and Germany have been involved in peacekeeping and conflict resolution in Africa. This session will explore two examples. The first is the DRC, where Germany headed up EUFOR in the run-up to the 2006 elections and SA played a crucial role in the negotiation process and the organising of the elections. The second example is Sudan, where SA chairs the AU Committee on Post- conflict Reconciliation and Development. These sessions will investigate the various modalities of engagement by the UNSC on issues that are brought before it. What is the role of special rapporteurs and special envoys? How is non-compliance dealt with? How effectively are regional organisations brought into international initiatives?

09:00-10:45Case Study 1: Democratic Republic of Congo

Speaker:Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, former SA permanent representative to the UN tbc

Ambassador Albrecht Conze, German Ambassador to Zimbabwe

Moderated by: Dr Garth le Pere, Senior Partner, DAJO Associates & Visiting Professor, University of Pretoria

10:45-11:15Break

11:15-12:45Case Study 2: Sudan

Speaker:

Charles Nqakula, Special Envoy to Sudan, South Africa tbc

Iqbal Jhazbhay, UNISA tbc

Torben Brylle, former EU Special Envoy to Sudan

Walter Lindner, Director General for Africa, German Foreign Office tbc

Moderated by: Anthonie van Nieuwkerk, Wits School of Public and Development Management

12:45-13:45Lunch

13:45-15:45Session IV: A way forward for German-South African cooperation?

This session will wrap up the previous ones and draw on South African and German positions in the UNSC. What and who are the bridge-builders? How and where can they ensure consensus? How can the two states work together more closely and more effectively?

Speaker: Günter Nooke, Personal Representative of the German Chancellor for Africa, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Lindiwe Zulu, International Relations Advisor to the President of the

Republic of South Africa tbc

South African representative, South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation tbc

15:30-16:00Summary and Conclusion,SAIIA

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Venue

Burgers Park Hotel, Pretoria

Speakers

  • Günter Nooke
    • German Chancellor's G8 Personal Representative for Africa
    • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • German Ambassador Dieter Haller
    • Jakkie Cilliers
      • ISS

    Publication

    Strengthening the UNSC: Tapping into German and South African Experience
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    Willkommen im Club der Mächtigen. Was nun?: Konferenz zur gemeinsamen Mitgliedschaft Deutschlands und Südafrikas im UN-Sicherheitsrat
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    Contact

    Jennifer Howe (geb. Schuster)

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