UN elects 5 new members to serve on the Security Council 

UN elects five new members to serve on the Security Council 

According to the ultimate tally, Ghana obtained 185 votes, Gabon 183, UAE 179, Albania 175 and Brazil 181 votes.  

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) garnered three votes whereas Peru and Iran every collected one. 

Joining the others 

The Security Council is a physique of 15 members, 5 of that are everlasting and have veto energy: the United States, France, Russia and China.  

The newly elected 5 will be part of India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and Norway, the opposite non-permanent members. 

Prior to its profitable bid, the UAE issued an announcement promising to be “a constructive partner” in addressing a few of the “critical challenges of our time”, together with selling gender equality, countering terrorism and extremism and “harnessing the potential of innovation for peace”.  


The UAE Ambassador walks to poll field through the election of 5 non-permanent members to the Security Council on 11 June 2021.

Breaking it down 

Vacating their seats have been Viet Nam, for the Group of Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States referred to as the Asia-Pacific Group; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, for the Latin American and Caribbean Group, known as GRULAC; Estonia, for the Eastern European Group; and Niger and Tunisia as a part of the African Group. 

The candidates ran largely unopposed inside their areas, apart from Gabon and Ghana, which have been challenged by the DRC for the 2 obtainable seats within the African Group.  

The 5 new members elected this 12 months will start their phrases on 1 January 2022 and serve till 31 December 2023. 

While Albania is the one State that has by no means served beforehand, Brazil has sat on the Council ten instances, Gabon and Ghana 3 times every and UAE as soon as.  

Path to service 

Before making use of, every nation should get hold of the votes of two-thirds of the Member States current and voting on the General Assembly, to safe a seat on the Council.  

Broken down, this interprets to a minimal of 129 votes, to win a seat if all 193 UN Member States are current and voting. 

Even if candidates have been endorsed by their regional group and are operating unopposed, formal balloting is required. 

Though unlikely, within the first spherical a Member State operating unchallenged won’t garner the requisite votes within the Assembly and face a brand new challenger in subsequent rounds.  

There have, traditionally, been a number of cases through which prolonged rounds of voting have been required to fill a contested seat.  

Such conditions have often been resolved when one of many contenders withdraws, or a compromise candidate is elected.  

Exceptionally, nations competing for a seat have determined to separate the time period between them. But since 1966, this solely occurred as soon as, in 2016, when Italy and the Netherlands agreed to separate the 2017-2018 time period. 

Since 2010, 78 per cent of races for Security Council seats have been uncontested.

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