Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates join the Security Council
The UN Security Council gained five new members on Tuesday, as Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates officially took up the posts they won in an election in June.
The ambassadors made brief remarks, set up their countries’ flags alongside those of other members outside the council chamber and posed for a group photo – wearing face masks and standing outside. gap, in recognition of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The flag ceremony is a tradition Kazakhstan started when it was a member of the council in 2018.
The 15-member council is the UN’s most powerful body. China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are permanent members, with veto power.
The other members are elected by the 193-member General Assembly for staggered two-year terms that are allocated by the regions of the world.
Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam ended their terms on Friday.
Countries often campaign for seats for years. Winning gives them a say in peacekeeping missions and other council approaches to conflict hotspots, as well as a strong voice on critical issues of international peace and security.
Council members can also convene meetings on security topics of particular interest to them, and smaller countries can share a prominent platform with world powers.
Albania joins for the first time, while Brazil takes an 11th round. Gabon and Ghana have each been on the board three times before and the United Arab Emirates once.
More than 50 of the UN’s 193 member countries have never been elected to the council since its inception in 1946.