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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Gustavo de Carvalho.]

South Africa’s long-term potential on the UN Security Council will depend on its partnerships. 

A popular African proverb says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. But if you want to go far, go together.” The proverb could describe the dynamics South Africa will encounter on the United Nations Security Council in the next two years.

South Africa joined the Security Council on 1 January, at a time when the elected 10 council members (E10) have strengthened coordination to try to overcome deadlocks. These deadlocks originate from the stark divides among the five permanent members (P5) – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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