Rwanda became a member of the United Nations on September 18, 1962 and became a member of the United Nations Security Council, 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 planned and was carrying out the Genocide against the Tutsis.
In 2013, Rwanda returned 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 peace building.
- To ensure sustainable transition from peacekeeping to national building in countries emerging from conflict.
Rwanda held chairmanship in two Security Council subsidiary bodies, mainly the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee and the Ad-Working group on conflict prevention in Africa, for the period of 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013.
For our last year in the Security Council, Rwanda holds chairmanship of the Peacekeeping Working Group and continues its Chairmanship of the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee.
For more information, visit the website of the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations here