Asia-Pacific Group Supports India’s UNSC Non-permanent Membership
India was unanimously supported by the Asia-Pacific group for its candidature of UN Security Council’s (UNSC) non-permanent membership.
Relevance of the News: It highlights India’s acceptability as a responsible representative of Asia-Pacific region among the group members. It gives a fillip to India’s ambitions of becoming and its receptivity as a global leader.
India’s Support from the Asia-Pacific Group:
- All countries in the 55-member Asia-Pacific Group have unanimously supported India at the United Nations in support of its bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term in 2021-22.
- India also received the support of Pakistan and China with whom it had been experiencing diplomatic challenges at the UN.
- The Asia-Pacific Group had to nominate one of its members for the June 2020 elections to a non-permanent seat on the UNSC.
- Afghanistan was a potential contender of India in the group but it withdrew its nomination in 2013 to support India because of its long-standing, close and friendly relations with India.
- India has already held a non-permanent seat on the UNSC for seven terms with the last one expiring in 2012.
Future Course for India:
Having received the support of Asia-Pacific group, India now needs the vote of two-thirds of the 193 UN General Assembly members to win the non-permanent seat on the UNSC for which the elections would be held next year.
UNSC Non-permanent Membership:
- The UNSC is composed of 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members.
- Each year, the General Assembly elects five non-permanent members (out of ten in total) for a two-year term.
- Article 23 of the UN Charter contains the provisions related to the composition of the Security Council.
- Rule 142-144 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly concerns the Security Council elections.
- The ten non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis:
- o5 for African and Asian countries;
- o1 for Eastern European countries;
- o2 for Latin American and Caribbean countries;
- o2 for Western European and other countries.
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