Security Council Initiative

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.



On the 23nd and 24th of May 2016, WFUNA hosted, for the first time in UN history, open debates for the Member States competing for a seat as a non-permanent member to the Security Council. 

Five seats were contested in the elections held 28 June 2016. The candidates for the non-permanent seats were (successful candidates in bold): 

  • Western Europe and Other Group (2): Italy*, Netherlands*, and Sweden
  • Asia Pacific Group (1): Kazakhstan and Thailand
  • Africa Group (1): Ethiopia
  • Latin America and Caribbean Group (1): Bolivia

*Italy and Netherlands agreed to share the seat after a voting deadlock. Italy will sit on the Security Council in 2017, and Netherlands will sit on the Security Council in 2018. 

The Debates:

  • Asia Pacific Group - 15:00 - 17:00, 23 May 2016 - Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ, New York (watch full debate).
  • Western Europe and Other Group - 15:00 - 17:00, 24 May 2016 - ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ, New York (watch full debate)



As no seats were contested for 2017, debates were not held.



Building off the successful launch year in 2016, WFUNA will be hosting briefings with all candidates competing in the 2018 Security Council elections for 2019-2020. Check back soon for more updates.

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