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Less than 24 hours after receiving 176 votes to win an uncontested election for one of the five open non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council, Saudi Arabia has announced that it declines its election and will not sit on the Council for the 2014-2015 term.
The move seemed to come as a surprise to the Saudi Mission to the UN, as the Mission office had spent months bolstering staff and receiving extra training on Security Council rules and procedures, and after the election yesterday, the Permanent Representative thanked all the member states for their support and provided gifts to the members of the General Assembly (a customary practice for those elected). Then on the morning of October 18th, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement that the country would not accept its election.
On 17 October the UN General Assembly held elections for five open non-permanent seats on the Security Council. The newly elected states are: Chad and Nigeria (for the African Group), Saudi Arabia (for the Group of Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States), Chile (from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States), and Lithuania (from the Eastern European Group). There were no seats open in the Western European and Others Group.
All of the states elected were done so in "clean slate" elections (without significant opposition and only requiring one round of voting). In order to be elected, states needed to garner at least a two-thirds majority of states considered "present and voting".
On 17 October 2013 the General Assembly will elect five nonpermanent members to the Security Council for the 2014-2015 term. The elections will be held to replace five countries whose terms are ending this year: Togo and Morocco (from the African Group), Pakistan (from the Group of Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States), Guatemala (from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States), and Azerbaijan (from the Eastern European Group). Neither of the two seats allotted to the Western European and Others Group is up for election this year.
New York, July 10, 2013
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa) has been appointed as the new Executive Director for UNWomen - the organization leading UN’s work on advancing gender equality and women’s rights.
John William Ashe Elected President of the 68th Session of the General Assembly - New York, NY, June 14, 2013In the News
Election of the President, Vice President and Committee Chairs of the General Assembly for the 68th Session
Election of Executive Director of UN Women
2012 Human Rights Council (HRC) Elections
Overview: On October 18 of this year, the UN General Assembly will hold elections for seats on the Security Council, the United Nations body primarily responsible for preserving international peace and security. Of the ten non-permanent Council seats currently in existence, five are to be filled on this date for the coming 2013-2014 term according to the following geographic allotment:
New York, August 2012
Mr. Peter Launsky-Tieffenthan of Austria has been appointed to be the new head of the UN department for public information replacing Mr. Kyotaka Akasaka of Japan.