Sierra Leone has successfully been elected as member of the United Nations Security Council for 2024-2025 after 53 years of absence.

Sierra Leone was a member of the UN Security Council under the then Prime Minister cum President, Siaka Stevens in the early 1970s.

Reacting to the news, President Julius Maada Bio expressed his delight over the news.

“It is with profound honour and deep sense of fulfilment to convey the news that Sierra Leone, for the first time in 52 years and for only the second time in our nation’s history, has been elected as Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2024-2025,” Bio said.

The President added that Sierra Leone’s membership is as a result of his government’s commitment  to transform the country’s international reputation.

“Our presence on the UNSC represents our unique success as a democratic and peaceful country of resilience and unbounded optimism,” he said.

He reminisced on Sierra Leone’s dark past with war in 90s and the transition to peace and how that has helped the West African nation.

Bio appreciated leaders in the African region for their “unwavering and unconditional demonstration of solidarity” while tagging his country’s success to that of the region.

Sierra Leone was elected alongside Algeria, Guyana, Republic of Korea and Slovenia for two-year term which will begin on 1 January 2024.