18 January 2000

Press Release



The General Assembly is composed of all 188 United Nations Member States. The States, and the dates on which they became Members, are listed in Press Release ORG/1289 issued 15 September 1999.


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 2000 are Argentina (2000), Bangladesh (2001), Canada (2000), Jamaica (2001), Malaysia (2000), Mali (2001), Namibia (2000), Netherlands (2000), Tunisia (2001) and Ukraine (2001).


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 2000, the Council is composed of the following 54 States:

Algeria (2000), Angola (2002), Austria (2002), Bahrain (2002), Belarus (2000), Belgium (2000), Benin (2002), Bolivia (2001), Brazil (2000), Bulgaria (2001), Burkina Faso (2002), Cameroon (2002), Canada (2001), China (2001), Colombia (2000), Comoros (2000), Costa Rica (2002), Croatia (2002), Cuba (2002), Czech Republic (2001), Democratic Republic of the Congo (2001), Denmark (2001), Fiji (2002), France (2002), Germany (2002), Greece (2002), Guinea-Bissau (2001), Honduras (2001), India (2000), Indonesia (2001), Italy (2000), Japan (2002), Lesotho (2000), Mauritius (2000), Mexico (2002), Morocco (2001), New Zealand (2000), Norway (2001), Oman (2000), Pakistan (2000), Poland (2000), Portugal (2002), Russian Federation (2001), Rwanda (2001), Saint Lucia (2000), Saudi Arabia (2001), Sierra Leone (2000), Sudan (2002), Suriname (2002), Syria (2001), United Kingdom (2001), United States (2000), Venezuela (2001), Viet Nam (2000).

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The Trusteeship Council is made up of the five permanent members of the Security Council - China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States. With the independence of Palau, the last remaining United Nations trust territory, the Council formally suspended operations on 1 November 1994. The Council amended its rules of procedure to drop the obligation to meet annually and agreed to meet as the occasion required; by its decision or the decision of its President or at the request of a majority of its members of the General Assembly or the Security Council.


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 5 February of the year indicated in parentheses next to their names.

The current composition of the Court is as follows: 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).

On 3 November 1999, the General Assembly and Security Council elected the following members to replace those whose terms will expire on 5 February of the current year: Gilbert Guillaume (France), Rosalyn Higgins (United Kingdom), Gonzalo Parra-Aranguren (Venezuela), Raymond Ranjeva (Madagascar), Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Jordan).

The President of the Court, Judge Stephen M. Schwebel (United States) will resign effective 29 February 2000. His three-year term as President expires on 6 February. His current term as a court member would have expired 5 February 2006. The Security Council has fixed 2 March 2000 as the date for the election of a successor.

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