As the world battles against the effects of COVID-19, it also continues to face threats to nuclear security. One of these is tensions in the Korean Peninsula involving the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).
In 2020 South Africa also had an opportunity to elevate the issue of non-proliferation and disarmament and advance Africa’s perspectives. The country continued its term as a non-permanent member on the UN Security Council, and will preside over the body in December. South Africa also chaired the African Union, which declared ‘Silencing the guns: creating conducive decisions for Africa’s development’ as its theme for 2020. These roles were supposed to enable South Africa to engage on peace and security issues at both continental and global levels.
This webinar will provide an update on the developments in the Korean Peninsula, and reflect on the lessons South Africa could provide, given its own voluntarily de-nuclearisation in the mid-1990s.