UN / SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ELECTION

08-Jun-2018 00:03:06
In a single round of voting, the United Nations General Assembly elected Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Belgium as non-permanent Members of the Security Council, and each will serve two-year terms on the body that sets the UN’s whole peace and security agenda. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBERS ELECTION
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / SPANISH / GERMAN / NATS

DATELINE: 08 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

08 JUNE 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Various shots, ballot collection
4. Various shots, ballot boxes on the GA stage
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Lajčák, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“South Africa, 183.”
6. Wide shot, delegates applauding
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa:
“Our tenure in the Security Council will be dedicated to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, out icon, and his commitment to peace. And marking the centenary this year there will be a peace summit here in the UN General Assembly in September, at which we will be unveiling his statue to the public.”
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Lajčák, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Indonesia, 144.”
9. Med shot, Indonesian delegates applauding
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia:
“This support is not only a recognition to our long-standing contribution to international peace and security, but also a statement of confidence in our commitment and capacity. Becoming a member of the Council is not about rights but obligation to contribute to the maintenance of peace and security.”
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Lajčák, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Dominican Republic, 184.”
12. Wide shot, audience applause
13. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Miguel Octavio Vargas Maldonado, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dominican Republic:
“Our agenda will be centred in defending the environment and climate change; the promotion of human rights; food security; the role of women and youth; peace and security as well as the peaceful resolution of disputes.”
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Lajčák, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Germany, 184.”
15. Wide shot, audience applause
16. SOUNDBITE (German) Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany:
“We want to honour this trust we have received. We want to be a recognizable and loud voice in the Security Council for peace, but above all, for the future of a multilateral world order and a rule of law based order. Rules that we have established through decades of hard work, most of all here at the United Nations.”
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Lajčák, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Belgium, 181.”
18. Wide shot, audience applause
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Miroslav Lajčák, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia, and South Africa are elected members of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on the 1st January 2019.”
18. Med shot, audience applause
STORYLINE
In a single round of voting today (8 Jun,) the United Nations General Assembly elected Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Belgium as non-permanent Members of the Security Council, and each will serve two-year terms on the body that sets the UN’s whole peace and security agenda.

They will fill the seats being vacated by Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Netherlands and Sweden at the end of this year, having each served two-year terms on the 15-member Security Council.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said its tenure in the Council “will be dedicated to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, out icon, and his commitment to peace.”

Nkoana-Mashabane announced that marking Mandela’s centenary “there will be a peace summit here in the UN General Assembly in September, at which we will be unveiling his statue to the public.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi, said Indonesia’s election “is not only a recognition to our long-standing contribution to international peace and security, but also a statement of confidence in our commitment and capacity.”

She said, “becoming a member of the Council is not about rights but obligation to contribute to the maintenance of peace and security.”

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Octavio Vargas Maldonado, said the Dominican Republic’s agenda “will be centred in defending the environment and climate change; the promotion of human rights; food security; the role of women and youth; peace and security as well as the peaceful resolution of disputes.”

This will be the Dominican Republic’s first time on the Security Council with the other four countries having previously served on the body.

Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, said “we want to honour this trust we have received. We want to be a recognizable and loud voice in the Security Council for peace, but above all, for the future of a multilateral world order and a rule of law based order. Rules that we have established through decades of hard work, most of all here at the United Nations.”

Belgium and Germany; the Dominican Republic, and South Africa, ran unopposed from their respective regional groups, while Indonesia secured its place following a run-off with the Maldives for the Asia-Pacific Group seat.

The five new members will take up their seats from 1 January 2019.
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