Friday, October 17, 2008

New Members of UN Security Council

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has five new non-permanent members. The 192 member UN General Assembly selected Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and Uganda to serve two year terms on the UNSC starting next year. (This will be Japan's 10th term on the Council). Australia received one vote, perhaps accidentally because it wasn't even competing for a spot, and Iran and Iceland were the big losers.

The other 10 members of the UNSC for 2009: Burkina Faso, China (permanent), Costa Rica, Croatia, France (permanent), Libya, Russia (permanent), United Kingdom (permanent), United States (permanent), and Vietnam.

The 5 current, non-permanent members that will be replaced at the start of 2009: Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Panama, and South Africa.