About the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations
South Africa at the United Nations
The United Nations, through its global membership and the wide mandate it enjoys through the member states in terms of its charter, is in the centre of the global system of governance. South Africa recognizes the need for social and economic development. The country expects the UN to advance the global development agenda by addressing underdevelopment and the eradication of poverty.
Through participation in the multilateral forums, South Africa supports the peaceful resolution of international conflict, with the UN Charter and international law being central.
The UNGA is the central forum of the UN to develop countries through its global interest and democratic decision-making processes. South Africa supports the initiatives to strengthen the UNGA and its role in multilateralism.
United Nations reform
Intergovernmental negotiations were launched on 29 February 2009 in line with Decision 62/557 of the UNGA. It focuses on key aspects of categories of membership, the veto, regional representation and the size of an enlarged council.
The working methods and the relationship between the UNGA and the UNSC are also scrutinized. South Africa supports and actively participates in all negotiations. The UN Secretariat and management reform are focus areas. South Africa continues to demand better accountability and levels of system supervision. The country also promotes a more efficient, transparent and service-orientated secretariat that responds more effectively to its mandates.
United Nations Security Council
In October 2010, South Africa was elected a non-permanent seat on the UNSC for the second time. The country served on the UNSC in 2007/08.
The UNGA also elected Germany, India and Colombia to two-year seats on the council, commencing 1 January 2011. Each non-permanent country sits on the council for two years alongside the permanent powers Britain, China, France, Russia and the USA who have the right to veto any council resolution.
The Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations is located in midtown Manhattan, on 38th Street, between First and Second Avenues.
Holidays Observed (2016)
|Friday, 1 January||New Year's Day|
|Monday, 15 February||President's Day|
|Friday, 25 March||Good Friday|
|Monday, 28 March||Family Day (Easter Monday)|
|Wednesday, 27 April||Freedom Day|
|Monday, 30 May||Memorial Day|
|Monday, 4 July||U.S. Independence Day|
|Wednesday, 6 July||Eid al-Fitr|
|Monday, 5 September||Labour Day|
|Monday, 26 December||Day of Goodwill|
In South Africa, the Public Holidays Act (Act No. 36 of 1994) determines whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following it shall be a public holiday.
In the USA, Diplomatic Missions follow guidelines issued by the Federal Government. The Federal Government's Human Resource Agency (Office of Personnel Management) determines the work conditions of federal employees. OPM states that when a holiday falls on a non-workday -- Saturday or Sunday -- federal employees will observe the holiday on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).