General Assembly Elects Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland as Non-Permanent Members of Security Council for 2018-2019

GA/11920
2 June 2017
Seventy-first Session, 86th Meeting (AM)

General Assembly Elects Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland as Non-Permanent Members of Security Council for 2018-2019

In a single round of voting today, the General Assembly elected Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland as non-permanent members of the Security Council for the next two years.

They will fill seats to be vacated by Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay on 31 December.  Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden will continue as elected Council members, completing the second year of their respective terms in 2018.  All new Council members will take their seats on 1 January 2018.

The five non-permanent members were elected according to the following pattern:  three seats for the Group of African States and the Group of Asia-Pacific States, one for the Group of Eastern European States, and one for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States.  All the new members met the required two-thirds majority and were elected in the first and only round of voting.

In a separate by-election, the Assembly voted in favour of the Netherlands assuming the Council seat that Italy was due to vacate on 31 December.  The two Member States had agreed to share the two-year term, beginning on 1 January 2017, after a winner failed to emerge after multiple rounds of voting to select a candidate from among the Western European and Other States.  (See Press Release GA/11796.)

Egypt’s representative expressed concern about the bilateral agreement by Italy and the Netherlands to share the term, cautioning that it could have a negative impact on the Council.  As an exceptional arrangement, it should not set a precedent for the future, he emphasized.

The General Assembly’s next meeting will be announced.

Voting Results

Western European and Other States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

4

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

4

Number of Members present and voting:

184

Required majority:

123

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Netherlands

184

 

 

Africa and Asia-Pacific States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members present and voting:

192

Required majority:

128

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Côte d’Ivoire

189

Equatorial Guinea

185

Kuwait

188

Morocco

1

Guinea

1

 

 

Eastern European States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

2

Number of Members present and voting:

190

Required majority:

127

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Poland

190

 

 

Latin American and Caribbean States

 

Number of ballot papers:

192

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

192

Abstentions:

5

Number of Members present and voting:

187

Required majority:

125

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Peru

186

Argentina

1

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