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INDIA elected as Non Permanent Member of UNSC

India has been elected as non permanent member of UNSC for the term of two years starting from 2021-22. Indian was only the candidate from Asia – pacific region. There were 192 Member States present for voting and the 2/3 required majority was 128 to become a member. India garnered 184 votes. Canada lost the elections.

Countries elected as non- permanent members to UNSC, are India, Norway, Ireland, Mexico, and Kenya and term starting from January 1, 2021.

Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council for the years 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and most recently in 2011-2012.

The official handle of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York tweeted: “The 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.

We have received overwhelming support and we are deeply humbled by the tremendous confidence that the member states of the United Nations have reposed in India,” T S Tirumurti, the Indian permanent representative to the UN said in a video-recorded message.

Also,  PM  Narendra Modi tweeted,

Due to COVID-19, change in the voting pattern

Due to the COVID-19 situation, special rules were made for voting, with diplomats submitted their ballots at pre-arranged time slots in the General Assembly hall. a first-of-its-kind election, ambassadors, and diplomats from 192 member states cast their ballots in the General Assembly wearing masks and in adherence to the strict social distancing guidelines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Members elected

In 2021, the newly-elected members India, Ireland, Kenya, Norway, and Mexico will sit at the UN high-table along with the five permanent members are China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US, as well as non-permanent members Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam.

Also, the two-year term of the countries, Belgium, South Africa, Germany, Indonesia, and Dominion republic are ending this particular year.

About UNSC

It comprises of 15 members including 5 permanent and 10 non- permanent.

The non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms so every year, the General Assembly elects five non-permanent members out of the total 10.

The UNSC is composed of 15 members: five permanent members China, France, The Russian Federation, the United States, and the United Kingdom and 10 non-permanent members who are elected by the General Assembly. The non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms so every year, the General Assembly elects five non-permanent members out of the total 10.

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