Guatemala assumes rotating Presidency of the UN Security CouncilListen /
Peace and justice will be on top of Guatemala's agenda as it chairs the UN Security Council in October.
It is a first for the Central American country, a founding member of the organization.
Guatemala is also one of the five newly elected non-permanent members of the Council for the 2012 to 2013 term.
Ambassador Gert Rosenthal says the focus will be on the relationship between the Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC).
"We have elected for the first time ever to have a debate on what we call peace and justice…which really looks at the interlinking relations between the Security Council which is an eminently political body and the International Criminal Court which is a judicial entity and how they intertwine and how the role of the ICC which is really combating impunity at the global stage could become a very important instrument of preventative diplomacy."
The Security Council, in charge of maintaining international peace and security, is the only UN body that can pass resolutions that are binding on all Member States.