Flags of non-member observer States to fly at UN offices

Flags of member nations fly at United Nations Headquarters. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine (file)

10 September 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today decided that the flags of non-member observer States shall be raised at the world body’s headquarters and offices following the flags of its 193 Member States.

The resolution, “Raising the flags of non-member observer States at the United Nations,” was adopted by a vote of 119 in favour to 8 against, with 45 delegations abstaining.

The text also requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to take “the measures necessary” for the implementation of this decision during the Assembly’s seventieth session, which begins on 15 September, and within 20 days of the adoption of the resolution.

The Assembly took today’s decision noting the participation of non-member observer States that maintain permanent observer missions at Headquarters, of which there are currently two – the Holy See and Palestine, in its sessions and work.

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