Brazil highlights role of preventative diplomacy in UN Security Council

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti

Brazil has highlighted its role on the United Nations Security Council on the issue of so-called "preventive diplomacy".

Speaking at the end of its two year mandate as a non-permanent member of the Council, the Brazilian Ambassador to the UN, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, said that Brazil had helped to prevent conflict in various parts of the world.

She highlighted South Sudan as one example.

"The fact that the referendum took place in a peaceful manner, on time and the results were respected, followed by the independence of South Sudan was a good illustration of preventive diplomacy that the Council undertook."

The Security Council, the UN's main decision making body, has five permanent and 10 non-permanent members.

The non-permanent members, which are rotated, each serve for two years on the Council.

Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan, and Togo, will become the latest non-permanent members on 1 January 2012.

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