Thursday, January 11, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Continues to Strengthen Position in the International Community as Member of United Nations Security Council

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is continuing to strengthen its position in the international community and is focused on sustainable peace for sustainable development as a member of the United Nations Security Council.

Equatorial Guinea has a tradition of holding peace talks to mitigate conflicts in Africa, and will continue to support the Security Council with its mandate to prevent and resolve such conflicts.

Equatorial Guinea has achieved significant milestones in literacy, healthcare services, education and infrastructure development. It has also made significant contributions to pan-African initiatives such as a $30 million contribution to the Trust Fund for Food Security in Africa, $2 million in annual support to the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea Prize for The Life Sciences, $3 million in support of the response to the Ebola pandemic, as well as emergency aid for several countries that have suffered natural disasters.

The country’s development success is a model for peaceful development that remains committed to fulfilling the obligations of the United Nations. Equatorial Guinea has been acknowledged by the United Nations and numerous civil society agencies for its unwavering efforts to improve the quality of life of its citizens through the implementation of sustainable social programs.

100 percent of HIV/AIDS diagnosis and treatment is funded by the government; more than 74 percent of the population has access to clean water; 96.8 of the population is literate, one of the highest in Africa; it has joined the fight against climate change and acted to protect the environment through the creation of the National Institute for Forestry and Protection (INDEFOR); it is one of the ten most peaceful countries in Africa; and is one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies, with an average 3 percent annual GDP growth over the past ten years.

As a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, Equatorial Guinea has the opportunity to support the Council in its global activities to secure peace, stability, and development in Africa, a continent which currently accounts for nearly 70 percent of the issues the Security Council deals with.

Equatorial Guinea’s priorities on the Security Council are: negotiations and dialogues for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts; negotiations and dialogues on the reform of the Security Council; active participation in strategies to combat terrorism, illegal human trafficking, drug trafficking, organized and cross-border crime, endemic diseases and pandemics, extremism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and corruption; active defense of human rights; active participation in mitigating catastrophic effects of climate change; strong support for gender equality and the empowerment of women; and active participation in the execution of the UN 2030 and African Union 2063 agendas, in parallel with their own Horizon 2020 national program.

Equatorial Guinea is a member of numerous multilateral organizations as part of its commitment to peaceful development. Their key partners include the United Nations (UN) agencies, programs and funds, the African Union (AU), European Union (EU), Arab League (AL), Organization of American States (OAS), Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), African Development Bank (AfDB), Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC), Central Bank of Central African States (BEAC), Africa, Caribeean, and PAcicic (ACP) Group of States, and the Comunidade dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa (CPLP) (associate).