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Five New Members of the UN Security Council

The Security Council met to consider a draft resolution  UN photo by Loey Felipe

The Security Council met to consider a draft resolution UN photo by Loey Felipe

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) New York – South Africa from African and Asia-Pacific States, Dominican Republic fro Latin America and Caribbean States and Belgium and Germany from Western European and others States were elected as a five new non permanent members of the United Nations Security Council . 

Sweden, the Netherlands, Ethiopia, Bolivia and Kazakhstan are set to leave the council at the end of this year after completing their two-year term.

Berlin as a big player

Germany was voted onto the United Nations Security Council for the sixth time on Friday, after it secured a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly.

Germany’s place was effectively guaranteed going into the vote. Along with Belgium, the two countries ran unopposed for the two spots in the Western European and others category. Israel was initially also in the running, but withdrew its bid last month.

Read more - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at UN to lobby for Security Council seat (DW story/source).

“Precisely in the current situation we need a strong and empowered United Nations,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (according to DW news report) told reporters in Berlin before setting off to attend the vote in New York.

Germany and Belgium will be joined by South Africa, the Dominican Republic andIndonesia as the new faces on the Security Council for 2019 and 2020.

How is the Security Council set up?

The Security Council is made up of five permanent members — the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France — and 10 temporary members elected by the General Assembly for two year terms. Every year, five countries are elected by secret ballot, DW report explains.

A seat on the Security Council is viewed as the pinnacle of diplomatic achievement, as it gives countries a strong voice in matters concerning international peace and security.

This election vote vote marks the sixth time that Germany has been elected to Security Council since it became a UN member in 1973, as DW reminds.

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