India was elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term on Wednesday. India had won 184 out of 193 votes in the general assembly.
India along with Ireland, Mexico, and Norway have also won the elections which were held on Wednesday. India garnered 184 votes where the majority was 2/3rd which calculated around 128 votes to be minimum. The voting was held on Wednesday where 192 member states were present.
“Member States elect India to the non-permanent seat of the Security Council for the term 2021-22 with overwhelming support. India gets 184 out of the 192 valid votes polled,” India’s Permanent Mission to UN said in a tweet.
Beginning January 1, 2021, India along with 5 Permanent members of UNSC which includes the US, the UK, France, China and Russia and along with fellow non-permanent members Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam will be sharing a seat along with these members.
The two-year terms of Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia, and South Africa are ending this year.
This is India’s 8th time being elected as a non-permanent member, previously holding the position for the years 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and most recently in 2011-2012.
Each year the General Assembly elects five non-permanent members for a two-year term. The 10 non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis as follows: five for African and Asian states; one for the Eastern European States; two for the Latin American and Caribbean States; and two for Western European and other States.
“India’s journey with the United Nations is quite a remarkable one. As a founding member of the United Nations, India’s contribution to implementing the goals of the United Nations Charter and to the evolution of UN specialized agencies and programs has been substantial. In many ways, quite extraordinary,” said T S Tirumurthi, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador. He continued saying “I’m confident that at a time when we are poised to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and later the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022, India’s presence in the Security Council will help bring to the world our ethos that the world is one family – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”.