Five UN Security Council non-permanent members to be elected

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Conference Officers hold up empty ballot boxes for inspection by assigned supervising delegates, in advance of collecting member states’ ballots.UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Five non-permanent members of the Security Council are being elected on Thursday for a two-year term starting in January 2015.

The three candidates competing for two seats for the Western Europe and Others Group are New Zealand, Spain and Turkey.

Malaysia is the sole candidate for the Asia Pacific Group, Angola for the African Group and Venezuela for the Latin America Group.

The 15-member Security Council is the main UN body tasked with maintaining international peace and security; its resolutions are binding on Member States.

However, no resolution of the Security Council can be adopted if any of the five permanent members namely, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States votes against it.

In recent years there have been calls by UN Member States for the Security Council to be reformed so that other countries can become permanent members.

The non-permanent Council members are elected by the 193-member UN General Assembly.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1'08"

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