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Minister Coveney addresses UN Security Council meeting on Peace and Security in Africa

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney T.D., today spoke at a UN Security Council open debate chaired by China on addressing root causes of conflict while promoting post pandemic recovery in Africa.

Speaking at the meeting, the Minister underlined how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the most vulnerable in Africa – particularly those who are already grappling with the effect of conflict on their lives and livelihoods, and the need for the UN and international community to support African efforts to promote peace, security and recovery:

“The COVID pandemic demonstrates our global fragility and our shared responsibility to act. It reminds us that the challenges facing African countries due to conflict and fragility are not theirs alone. We must renew our efforts to put in place a strong, global response to the pandemic, while working together to tackle the root causes of conflict.”

The Minister outlined Ireland’s support for global vaccine efforts and recalled the need to invest in health systems, particularly those in conflict settings.  He also recalled the need to address the underlying causes and drivers of conflict including the impact of climate change and the illegal exploitation of natural resources. Ireland is currently chairing the Security Council’s working group on Climate and Security.

The Minister emphasised the importance of upholding established international principles and responsibilities in the pandemic recovery process. 

“The promotion and protection of human rights for all, gender equality, and the rule of law must be meaningfully integrated into pandemic recovery strategies. This is key to addressing the root causes of conflict and supporting sustainable development.”

The Minister also noted that:

“Transforming our post-pandemic world demands us to silence the guns and amplify the voices of women peacebuilders. The meaningful participation of civil society in peacebuilding is also essential for its long-term success.”

In conclusion, the Minister emphasised the need for shared solutions to address the complex challenges posed by pandemic recovery in Africa, particularly in areas of conflict.



Press Office

19 May 2021


Notes to Editors:

  • The is one of the signature events of China’s Presidency of the Council in the month of May.
  • The meeting took place via VC and was chaired by H.E. Wang Yi, State councillor and Foreign Minister of China.
  • The briefers included the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and the AU Commission Chairperson, Moussa Faki. 
  • The meeting is available to view on UN Web TV:

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