UN / ICJ ELECTIONS

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The UN General Assembly and Security Council elected five new members to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 NOVEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters

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2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Various shots, Security Council members casting their votes

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4. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
5. Various shots, General Assembly members casting their votes
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President, General Assembly:
"As a result of the voting which has taken place independently in the General Assembly and the Security Council, the following five candidates have obtained an absolute majority in both bodies: Yuji Iwasawa of Japan, Georg Nolte (Germany), Julia Sebutinde (Uganda), Peter Tomka (Slovakia), Hanqin Xue (China). They are therefore duly elected members of the International Court of Justice to serve for a nine-year term commencing 6th of February 2021."
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

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The UN General Assembly and Security Council elected five new members to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

After two days of voting, General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir announced the result after receiving a letter from the President of the Security Council, the Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Inga Rhonda King.

SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President, General Assembly:
"As a result of the voting which has taken place independently in the General Assembly and the Security Council, the following five candidates have obtained an absolute majority in both bodies: Yuji Iwasawa of Japan, Georg Nolte (Germany), Julia Sebutinde (Uganda), Peter Tomka (Slovakia), Hanqin Xue (China). They are therefore duly elected members of the International Court of Justice to serve for a nine-year term commencing 6th of February 2021."

The ICJ is composed of 15 judges and settles legal disputes between states in addition to providing UN entities with advisory opinions on legal matters.

Located in The Hague, in the Netherlands, it is one of the six principal organs of the UN and the only one not situated in New York.

The others are the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council and the Secretariat.

ICJ judges are elected by both the General Assembly - where all 193 UN Member States are represented - and the 15-member Security Council.

Candidates are required to obtain an absolute majority of votes in both chambers: that is 97 in the General Assembly and eight in the Security Council. Five seats come up for election every three years and there is no bar on consecutive terms.

Judges are chosen on the basis of their qualifications, not their nationality, but no two judges can be from the same country. Effort is also taken to ensure that the principal legal systems of the world are reflected in the composition of the court.
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