The Security Council has 15 members. The Charter designates five States as permanent members, and the General Assembly elects 10 other members for two-year terms. The term of office for each non-permanent member of the Council ends on 31 December of the year indicated in parentheses next to its name.
The five permanent members of the Security Council are China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States.
The 10 non-permanent members of the Council in 1996 are Botswana (1996), Chile (1997), Egypt (1997), Germany (1996), Guinea-Bissau (1997), Honduras (1996), Indonesia (1996), Italy (1996), Poland (1997) and Republic of Korea (1997).
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
The Economic and Social Council has 54 members, elected for three-year terms by the General Assembly. The term of office for each member expires on 31 December of the year indicated in parentheses next to its name. In 1996, the Council is composed of the following 54 States:
Argentina (1998), Australia (1997), Bangladesh (1998), Belarus (1997), Brazil (1997), Bulgaria (1996), Canada (1998), Central African Republic (1998), Chile (1996), China (1998), Colombia (1997), Congo (1997), Côte d'Ivoire (1997), Costa Rica (1996), Czech Republic (1998), Egypt (1996), Finland (1998), France (1996), Gabon (1998), Germany (1996), Ghana (1996), Greece (1996), Guyana (1998), India (1997), Indonesia (1996), Ireland (1996),
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Jamaica (1997), Japan (1996), Jordan (1998), Lebanon (1998), Luxembourg (1997), Malaysia (1997), Netherlands (1997), Nicaragua (1998), Pakistan (1996), Paraguay (1996), Philippines (1997), Poland (1997), Portugal (1996) Romania (1998), Russian Federation (1998), Senegal (1996), South Africa (1997), Sudan (1997), Sweden (1998), Thailand (1997), Togo (1998), Tunisia (1998), Uganda (1997), United Kingdom (1998), United Republic of Tanzania (1996), United States (1997), Venezuela (1996), and Zimbabwe (1996).
The Trusteeship Council has five members: China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States. With the independence of Palau, the last remaining United Nations trust territory, the Council formerly suspended operation on 1 November 1994. By a resolution adopted on that day, the Council amended its rules of procedure to drop the obligation to meet annually and agreed to meet as occasion required -- by its decision or the decision of its President, or at the request of a majority of its members or the General Assembly or the Security Council.
INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
The International Court of Justice has 15 members, elected by both the General Assembly and the Security Council. Judges hold nine-year terms, which end on 5 February of the year indicated in parentheses next to their names.
As of today, the composition of the Court is as follows: Mohammed Bedjaoui of Algeria (1997); Luigi Ferrari Bravo of Italy (1997); Carl-August Fleischhauer of Germany (2003); Gilbert Guillaume of France (2000); Géza Herczegh of Hungary (2003); Rosalyn Higgins of the United Kingdom (2000); Abdul G. Koroma of Sierra Leone (2003); Shigeru Oda of Japan (2003); Raymond Ranjeva of Madagascar (2000); Stephen M. Schwebel of the United States (1997); Mohammed Shahabuddeen of Guyana (1997); Shi Jiuyong of China (2003); Vladlen S. Vershchetin of the Russian Federation (1997); and Christopher G. Weeramantry of Sri Lanka (2000). One seat is vacant owing to the death on 24 October 1995 of Judge Andres Aguilar Mawdsley, of Venezuela. The election of a member to serve out the remainder of Judge Mawdsley's nine-year term, until 5 February 2000, will be held on 28 February at simultaneous meetings of the Security Council and the General Assembly.
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