Sierra Leone’s return to the United Nations Security Council after 53 years

In a solemn flag installation ceremony held earlier today, Sierra Leone expressed gratitude to Kazakhstan for initiating the event and outlined its commitment to promoting peace, stability, and prosperity.

In a statement delivered at the UN Security Council Media Stakeout Area, Sierra Leone emphasized the importance of hope and collective action in the face of human tragedy and global challenges. Sierra Leone, having experienced a successful partnership with the United Nations during its previous mandate, aims to bring its unique experience to the Council in the next two years.

Sierra Leone extended congratulations to the outgoing members of the Security Council – Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates – for their valuable contributions and unity in leadership. H.E. Amb Dr. Michael Imran Kanu expressed profound gratitude to the UN membership for electing Sierra Leone and pledged not to take this trust for granted.

Sierra Leone’s return to the Security Council is seen as a manifestation of President Julius Maada Bio’s foreign policy, emphasizing strengthened multilateralism, international cooperation, and contributions to global peace and security. Sierra Leone outlined its priorities, focusing on partnership and a representative approach to maintain global peace and security.

Sierra Leone intends to collaborate with the A3 plus, the E10, and the P5 to ensure the Council takes meaningful and timely action. Sierra Leone emphasized the importance of regional arrangements and ownership in achieving its goals. Sierra Leone’s tenure on the Security Council will be guided by its values of unity, freedom, and justice.

In closing, Sierra Leone emphasized that, despite challenges, the United Nations works, and the Security Council can deliver on its mandate with partnership, trust, and a sense of purpose. As Sierra Leone takes its place on the Council, our nation believes in the potential for positive change and making the Council count.

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