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United Nations Security Council election, 2007

 

United Nations Security Council election, 2007

United Nations Security Council election, 2007

16 October 2007
5 (of 10) non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council

Security Council after 2007 elections.

Members before election

 Republic of the Congo (Africa)
 Ghana (Africa)
 Qatar (Asia, Arab)
 Slovakia (E. Europe)
 Peru (LatAm&Car)

New Members





Unsuccessful candidates
 Czech Republic (E. Europe)
 Dominican Republic (LatAm&Car)

The 2007 United Nations Security Council election was held on 16 October 2007 during the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at UN Headquarters in New York City. The elections were for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 2008.

In accordance with the Security Council's rotation rules, whereby the ten non-permanent UNSC seats rotate among the various regional blocs into which UN member states traditionally divide themselves for voting and representation purposes, the five available seats were allocated as follows:

The five members (elected by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly, in as many rounds of voting as it takes to achieve that majority) served on the Security Council for the 2008–09 period.

Seven countries had announced themselves as candidates for the five non-permanent seats on the Security Council for the 2008–2009 term. Vietnam was running for the Asian seat, which if successful, would be the first time serving in the council. Burkina Faso (last served in 1985) and Libya (last served in 1977) were running for the two African seats. All three countries had received endorsements from their regional groupings. In addition, Costa Rica (last served in 1998) and the Dominican Republic (one of the few UN Charter members which had never served up to 2007) were competing for the one Latin American seat at stake. The Czech Republic (last served in 1995) and Croatia (never served) were competing for the Eastern European seat.

Results

African and Asian States

Having been endorsed by their respective regional groups, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, and Libya were elected easily, winning 178, 185, and 183, votes, respectively, of a total of 190 possible; 190 ballot papers were distributed in the General Assembly, while there were 192 UN member states in 2007. Mauritania got two votes and Senegal got one, despite not having stood for election; there were no abstentions.

Eastern European Group

Eastern European Group election results
Member Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
 Croatia 95 106 184
 Czech Republic 91 81 1
invalid ballots - 1 -
abstentions 4 3 4
required majority 124 125 124
ballot papers 190 191 189

Before the third round of voting, the Czech Republic withdrew from the election.

GRULAC

GRULAC election results
Member Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
 Costa Rica 116 119 179
 Dominican Republic 72 70 1
invalid ballots - 1 -
abstentions 2 1 9
required majority 126 126 120
ballot papers 190 191 189

Before the third round of voting, the Dominican Republic withdrew from the election.

See also

References

  • United Nations document GA/10637 press release
  • UN News Centre UN news article
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