Thematic Issues

Rwanda became a member of the United Nations on September 18, 1962, gaining United Nations Security Council membership for the first time between 1994 and 1995. From April to July 1994, Rwanda was represented on the Security Council by the very same government that has planed and was carrying out the Genocide against the Tutsis. It is from this dark past that Rwanda hopes to build a brighter future through its involvement and leadership in the Security Council.

In 2013, Rwanda returns to the UN Security Council. During the next two years, Rwanda is committed to the following:

• To Contribute meaningfully to the Prevention of conflict and the consolidation of peace and stability in Africa and globally.

• To Enhance partnership between the African Union, other regional and sub-regional organizations and the UN National in the maintenance of international peace and security.

• To Improve the working methods of the Security Council to ensure a more inclusive transparent and effective Council.

• To Work towards a more responsible Security Council including through the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.

• To End sexual violence and impunity

• To Advance the role of women in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

• To Ensure sustainable transition from peacekeeping to national building in countries emerging from conflict.

With the help of the global community, Rwanda reaffirms its commitment to the aforementioned goals and remains confident in the ability of the Security Council to achieve successful steps towards implementation.