India elected unopposed to non-permanent seat in UN Security Council
India secures seat as non-permanent member of UN Security Council; elected unopposed
India was elected unopposed to a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The nation won with 184 of the 193 votes for a two-year term from the Asia-Pacific category. The minimum requirement to get elected was 128 votes. The election was held at the UN headquarters in New York.
T S Tirumurti, the Indian permanent representative to the UN said in a video-recorded message, “We have received overwhelming support. We are deeply humbled by the tremendous confidence member states of the United Nations have reposed in India,”
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. pic.twitter.com/Vd43CN41cY
— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) June 17, 2020
India was a candidate for a non-permanent seat from the Asia-Pacific category for the 2021-22 term. It was the sole candidate vying for the lone seat from the grouping.
India has returned to the UNSC after a decade starting January 2021. The last time India served at the UNSC was between 2011 and 2012. Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council for the years 1950-1951, 1967-1968. Also 1972-1973, 1977-1978 and 1984-1985, 1991-1992.
Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections.
The UNSC has 15 members, out of which five are permanent members: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China. The 10 other members are non-permanent. Half of them are elected every year, each for a two-year term.