Senegal and Egypt will join Angola to represent Africa on a newly-constituted Security Council from January 1, 2016, as Chad and Nigeria vacate their seats at the end of the year after serving the non-permanent two-year term limit, while Egypt replaces Jordan.
All candidate countries ran unopposed for their respective regions and exceeded the two-thirds majority required in the Assembly to secure a Council seat.
The General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft explains, “Having obtained the required two-thirds majority and the largest number of votes, Egypt and Senegal are elected members of the Security Council for a two-year term beginning on January 1st, 2016.”
Senegal Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye says, “Senegal’s priorities will include fighting violent extremism. We’ve all seen what’s been happening in the northern part of Mali; what’s happening in the Chad Lake Basin with Boko Haram creating havoc in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Niger – all that will constitute part of Senegal’s priorities in the Security Council.”
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stated, “Egypt will undertake every effort to fulfill its responsibility and cooperation with the other 14 members of the Security Council to consolidate and strengthen international peace and security, meet the challenges that the international community currently faces. There are many difficult regional and international issues that the council is appraised of and must deal with and we will in cooperation build upon consensus and good faith to resolve the very many issues and be a positive contributor to our common interests.”
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security as well as accepting new members to the United Nations and approving any changes to its United Nations Charter. Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions; it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states. The Security Council held its first session on 17 January 1946.