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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • SELECTION CRITERIA OF NON-PERMANENT MEMBERS

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    The Security Council consists of five permanent members (France, China, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States) and ten non-permanent members that are elected for a two-year term.

     

    Candidates for non-permanent membership are chosen from the five regional groups operating in the United Nations (the Asia-Pacific Group, the Africa Group, the Latin American and Caribbean Group – GRULAC, the Western European and Others Group – WEOG, and the Eastern European Group - EEG).

     

    The regional group to which Poland belongs (EEG), is designated one seat for non-permanent members, which is filled in elections held in odd-numbered years.

     

    The rules guiding the selection of non-permanent members of the UN Security Council are shown in the following table:

     

    Regional Group

    Total number of SC seats

    Number of seats filled in elections taking place in odd-numbered years

    Number of seats filled in elections taking place in even-numbered years

    Africa

    3

    2

    1

    Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

    2

    1

    1

    Asia and Pacific

    2

    1

    1

    Western Europe and Others (WEOG)

    2

    0

    2

    Eastern Europe (EEG)

    1

    1

    0

     

     

    In addition, there is also an informal rule according to which one seat among the non-permanent members of the SC (interchangeable between the African and Asian group) is designated to an Arab country (the so-called Arab swing seat).

     

    In order to gain a non-permanent seat on the Security Council it is necessary to obtain 2/3 of the votes from countries present and voting in the UN General Assembly (that is 129 votes assuming that all 193 UN member states take part in the vote).

     

    Information on the last elections to the UN Security Council, 28 June 2016: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54350#.WGtnj027r1I

     

     

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