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Statement on the commemoration of the 72nd United Nations Day

24 October 2017

The African National Congress joins all international progressive forces in commemorating the 72nd United Nations Day which mark a significant moment in world history but also personifies the collective will and solidarity of peace loving people in the community of nations.

The ANC and the people of South Africa are deeply appreciative of the role played by the United Nations in supporting our efforts in the fight against apartheid. As early as June 1946, shortly after the creation of the United Nations, the issue of South Africa's discrimination polices was included as an agenda item in the first session of the UN General Assembly.

In 1962, the United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid was set up by the General Assembly under resolution 1761 (XVll). The Committee was entrusted with the responsibilities to monitor and promote a comprehensive programme of action against apartheid in South Africa. Then President of the African National Congress (ANC), Comrade OR Tambo addressed the Special Political Committee of the General Assembly in New York City on 8 October 1963, on the eve of the Rivonia Trial in campaigning for support in the struggle to isolate the apartheid regime.

It was no surprise that in 1973, the UN declared apartheid a crime against humanity with the approval of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid by the General Assembly. This resulted in 1974, in the suspension of South Africa's membership to the United Nations to be restored only in June 1994, after the first democratic elections.

The ANC continues to call for the reform of International Governance and Financial institutions with a particular focus on the United Nations and its Security Council. The reform is based on the principle of equality and equity in pursuit of a better and just world characterise by peaceful coexistence, collective and sustainable development.

We support the mandate, work and charter of the UN in its pursuit for International peace and security. The ANC values the United National's ability to remain the anchor institution for our act collective actions as the community of nations in addressing the challenges that face our world today.

Issued by

Edna Molewa
Chairperson of the ANC NEC Subcommittee on International Relations


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