Multilateralism and the UN in South Africa's foreign policy

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Post-apartheid South Africa pursued a pro-multilateral stance in world - regarding multilateral institutions as crucial instruments for reinforcing its new-found image as a champion for southern African and African causes. Challenging the hegemony and dominance of western powers in particular, powerful countries in general, was at the heart of South Africa's multilateral strategies. Central to all multilateral engagements was respect for international law and the centrality of the United Nations (UN), stressing the promotion of human rights, debt relief, peace and stability, an equitable global trading system and sustainable development. Also of priority was reform of the UN and institutions of global governance, including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-57
Number of pages15
JournalAustral: Brazilian Journal of Strategy and International Relations
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Multilateralism
  • Post-apartheid
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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