China News Agency, United Nations, June 18: After two days and two rounds of voting, all five new non-permanent members of the Security Council were elected on the 18th, namely India, Mexico, Ireland, Norway and Kenya. Their term of office will begin in January 2021 for a period of two years.
Since the United Nations Headquarters in New York is still closed due to the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, the 74th UN General Assembly did not convene a plenary meeting as usual on the 17th and 18th. Instead, it used the method of sending a representative from various delegations to the scene to vote. The chairman of the 74th UN General Assembly, Mohammed-Bandi, presided over the voting process at the conference hall. Voting representatives from various countries put the ballots into the ballot box located in front of the rostrum at the scheduled time. The vast majority of delegates left the venue after voting, but some delegates remained in the sitting area for a short conversation.
The UN Security Council is composed of 15 members, in addition to the 5 permanent members of China, the United States, Russia, Britain, and France, there are 10 non-permanent members elected by the UN General Assembly attended by all member countries, and they need to obtain a third Only two or more votes can be elected. The 10 non-permanent seats are allocated by region, with 2 seats in Asia Pacific, 3 seats in Africa, 2 seats in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1 seat in Eastern Europe, and 2 seats in Western Europe and other countries.
According to the principle of regional rotation, the seats for this election are 1 seat in Asia Pacific, 1 seat in Africa, 1 seat in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 2 seats in Western Europe and other countries. On the 17th, India, Mexico, Ireland and Norway were successfully elected with 184 votes, 187 votes, 128 votes and 130 votes respectively. In the group of African countries, Kenya and Djibouti competed for seats, winning 113 and 78 votes respectively, both of which did not reach two-thirds. In the second round of voting on the 18th, Kenya was elected with 129 votes and Djibouti won 62 votes.
The five countries elected this time will succeed Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa on January 1 next year. The other five non-permanent members are currently Vietnam, Niger, Tunisia, Estonia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Their term of office will end at the end of 2022. Non-permanent members have a two-year term and are replaced by five each year through elections. They cannot be re-elected.
On the 17th, the General Assembly also conducted elections for the President of the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. 18 countries including Argentina were elected as new members of the Economic and Social Council. The term of office began in January 2021 for a period of three years; Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir was elected President of the 75th UN General Assembly , Will take office in September this year. (Finish)