UN / SECURITY COUNCIL NON-PERMANENT MEMBERS ELECTION

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The General Assembly elected Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates to the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 11 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

11 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly President
3. Various shots, delegates voting
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. Med shot, Brazil delegation
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President, General Assembly:
“Having obtained the required two-thirds majority and the largest number of votes, Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates are elected members of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1st of January 2022. I congratulate these states which have just been elected by majority to the Security Council.”
7. Wide shot, General Assembly applause
8. Med shot, Albania delegation
9. Pan left, to Albania’s Ambassador talking to reporters
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Olta Xhaçka, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Republic of Albania:
“Obviously, small countries are witness to history when it comes to big decisions, but this our chance, not simply to witness it but also to influence those important solutions of common interest, which are global, not simply national or regional. We think that we will bring to this important table a local flavour, or the approach of a small country who is in a region that has benefitted greatly from multilateral engagement, and we hope that we will be a bridge setter, like we’ve always been also as a country who’s been sort of a melting pot of the influences of the east and the west, and we hope to bring in the best examples of how to come together, to live together, to cooperate together, and we believe this will be the biggest contribution that we can make to the Council.”
11. Wide shot, Xhaçka walks away

STORYLINE:

The General Assembly today (11 Jun) elected Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates to the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January.

The new members will replace Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam.

General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir announced the result of the vote. He said, “having obtained the required two-thirds majority and the largest number of votes, Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates are elected members of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term beginning on 1st of January 2022. I congratulate these states which have just been elected by majority to the Security Council.”

The five new members will join India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway, and the five permanent members, China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Outside the Council, Albania’s Foreign Minister Olta Xhaçka, said, “obviously small countries are witness to history when it comes to big decisions, but this our chance, not simply to witness it but also to influence those important solutions of common interest, which are global, not simply national or regional. We think that we will bring to this important table a local flavour, or the approach of a small country who is in a region that has benefitted greatly from multilateral engagement, and we hope that we will be a bridge setter, like we’ve always been also as a country who’s been sort of a melting pot of the influences of the east and the west, and we hope to bring in the best examples of how to come together, to live together, to cooperate together, and we believe this will be the biggest contribution that we can make to the Council.”

Albania has never held a seat on the Council.
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