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.
- 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)
Building off the successful launch year, WFUNA will be hosting briefings with all candidates competing in the 2017 Security Council elections. Check back soon for more updates...
The confirmed candidates for a non-permanent seat to the UN Security Council in 2017 are:
- Africa Group: Cote D'Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea (2)
- Asia Pacific Group: Kuwait (1)
- Eastern European Group: Poland (1)
- Latin American and Caribbean Group: Peru (1)
"Open debate is a big step forward for the reform-phobic UN Security Council" - WFUNA Secretary-General, Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi, The Guardian, 20 May 2016.
"Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat" - Michael Astor, The Big Story, Associated Press, 24 May 2016.
"UNSC Elections: Cardi, Italy at crossroads of the world, ideally placed to deal with crisis" - A. Lebal, Italy UN - News on Italy and the UN, 24 May 2016.
"Civil and Polite, Nations Participate in First-Ever Security Council Election Hearings" - Vesna Jaksic Lowe, Pass Blue, 25 May 2016.
"UNSC Elections: Italy, Sweden, and the Netherlands Face Off" - Teddy Ostrow, La Voce di New York, 16 June 2016.
"Race for UNSC Seats Heats Up" - Sarah Frankel, The Strategist, Australia Strategic Policy Insitute, 20 June 2016.
"FEATURE: Ahead of Security Council elections, General Assembly President explains how a country can get a non-permanent seat" - UN News Center, UN, 27 June 2016.
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