4 January 1999


Press Release
ORG/1277



MEMBERSHIP OF PRINCIPAL UNITED NATIONS ORGANS IN 1999 GENERAL ASSEMBLY

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The General Assembly is composed of all 185 United Nations Member States. The States, and the dates on which they became Members, are listed in Press Release ORG/1250, issued 9 October 1997.

SECURITY COUNCIL

The Security Council has 15 members. The United Nations 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 the United States.

The 10 non-permanent members of the Council in 1999 are Argentina (2000), Bahrain (1999), Brazil (1999), Canada (2000), Gabon (1999), Gambia (1999), Malaysia (2000), Namibia (2000), Netherlands (2000) and Slovenia (1999).

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 1999, the Council is composed of the following 54 States:

Algeria (2000), Belarus (2000), Belgium (2000), Bolivia (2001), Brazil (2000), Bulgaria (2001), Canada (2001), Cape Verde (1999), Chile (1999), China (2001), Colombia (2000), Comoros (2000), Cuba (1999), Czech Republic (2001), Democratic Republic of the Congo (2001), Denmark (2001), Djibouti (1999), El Salvador (1999), France (1999), Gambia (1999), Germany (1999), Guinea-Bissau (2001), Honduras (2001), Iceland (1999), India (2000), Indonesia (2001), Italy (2000), Japan (1999), Latvia (1999), Lesotho (2000), Mauritius (2000), Mexico (1999), Morocco (2001), Mozambique (1999), New Zealand (2000), Norway (2001), Oman (2000), Pakistan (2000), Poland (2000), Republic of Korea (1999),


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Russian Federation (2001), Rwanda (2001), Saint Lucia (2000), Saudi Arabia (2001), Sierra Leone (2000), Spain (1999), Sri Lanka (1999), Syria (2001), Turkey (1999), United Kingdom (2001), United States (2000), Venezuela (2001), Viet Nam (2000), Zambia (1999).

TRUSTEESHIP COUNCIL

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.

The current composition of the court is the following: Mohammed Bedjaoui (Algeria) (2006), Carl-August Fleischhauer (Germany) (2003), Gilbert Guillaume (France) (2000), Geza Herczegh (Hungary) (2003), Rosalyn Higgins (United Kingdom) (2000), Shi Jiuyong (China) (2003), Pieter H. Kooijmans (Netherlands) (2006), Abdul G. Koroma (Sierra Leone) (2003), Shigeru Oda (Japan) (2003), Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren (Venezuela) (2000), Raymond Ranjeva (Madagascar) (2000), Jose Francisco Rezek (Brazil) (2006), Stephen M. Schwebel (United States) (2006), Christopher G. Weeramantry (Sri Lanka) (2000) and Vladlen S. Vereshchetin (Russian Federation) (2006).

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