‘South African Youth and the United Nations: Shared Goals, Different Paths?’

This year, the Netherlands has a seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and in March, they were the chair of the Council. During this year, the credo of the Netherlands is ‘your partner for international Peace, Justice and Development’. The Hague Talks event revolves around these three themes and gives the South African youth an insight into the UNSC and the role of the Netherlands in it, as well as engaging them with Peace, Justice and Development.

About the speakers

  • Sithembile Mbete, doctoral candidate and lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, is the speaker on the Peace theme.
  • Ottilia Maunganidze, head of Special Projects at the institute for Security Studies (ISS), is the speaker for Justice.
  • Kenneth Diole, opinion writer for the Daily Maverick and employee of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, will have an inspiring talk about the theme of Development.

Marisa Gerards, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa, Fadia Williams, president of the United Nations Association South Africa, and Zaheer Laher, Director International Coordination at the branch of Global Governance and Continental Agenda, will reflect on the discussions.

Layla Kimmie is the moderator of the event – She won New York Diplomacy Award for her debating skills and is currently studying Law at the University of Cape Town.

The event will take place in the Women’s Jail on Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy, and therefore this venue fits the event perfectly. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past and, today, is home to the country’s Constitutional Court, which endorses the rights of all citizens.

The Hague Talks in Johannesburg is a collaboration between the Dutch Embassy of the Netherlands in South Africa and the United Nations Association South Africa (UNASA).