DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been elected unopposed to the UN Security Council for the 2022-2023 term on Friday by winning 179 votes out of the total 190 cast by the General Assembly members.
The 75th session of the General Assembly was held in New York to elect five new non-permanent members to the Security Council. The emirates will replace Tunisia in the Asia-Pacific slot when the mandate begins on January 1, 2022. It is the second time the emirates enters the most powerful diplomatic club that it previously served in 1986-87.
Lauding the new achievement, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of Dubai, said, “Electing the UAE as one of five members to the UN Security Council for the period 2022-2023 reflects the county’s active diplomacy, its international position and distinguished development model.
“It is all thanks to the Emirati diplomatic team led by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed. We look forward to an active, positive and active membership in the UN Security Council,” he added.
Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana are other nations that ran unchallenged for two-year terms. They will replace the outgoing non-permanent members of Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam. They will join the five other non-permanent members — India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico and Norway.
The Security Council has 15 members, five of which are permanent ones: Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. The 10 non-permanent seats of the council are allocated by geographic region, with five replaced each year. The permanent members are the heavyweights who can take legally binding decisions like imposing sanctions and sanctioning military actions.