President Zuma’s UN relations

President Jacob Zuma has been a regular feature at the United Nations since assuming his high office in May 2009 – skipping just one annual General Assembly meeting in 2010. South Africa has under his leadership remained a highly respected member of the global organisation, with President Zuma appointed to serve on a number of UN panels, played a critical role in the intergovernmental negotiations on climate change and has been a champion of Security Council reform despite a lack a tangible progress. But it was a period not without controversy, particularly the country’s vote to authorize air strikes in Libya that eventually led to the toppling of the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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