1987 United Nations Security Council election

The 1987 United Nations Security Council election was held on 15 October 1987 during the Forty-second session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The General Assembly elected Algeria, Brazil, Nepal, Senegal, and Yugoslavia, as the five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 1988.

1987 United Nations Security Council election

← 1986 15 October 1987 1988 →

5 (of 10) non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council

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Members before election

 People's Republic of the Congo (Africa)
 Ghana (Africa)
 United Arab Emirates (Asia, Arab)
 Venezuela (LatAm&Car)
 Bulgaria (E. Europe)

New Members

   Nepal (Asia)

Unsuccessful candidates
 Morocco (African Group)


The Security Council has 15 seats, filled by five permanent members and ten non-permanent members. Each year, half of the non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms.[1][2] A sitting member may not immediately run for re-election.[3]

In accordance with the rules whereby the ten non-permanent UNSC seats rotate among the various regional blocs into which UN member states traditionally divide themselves for voting and representation purposes,[4] the five available seats are allocated as follows:

To be elected, a candidate must receive a two-thirds majority of those present and voting. If the vote is inconclusive after the first round, three rounds of restricted voting shall take place, followed by three rounds of unrestricted voting, and so on, until a result has been obtained. In restricted voting, only official candidates may be voted on, while in unrestricted voting, any member of the given regional group, with the exception of current Council members, may be voted on.


Voting was conducted on a single ballot. Ballots containing more states from a certain region than seats allocated to that region were invalidated. There was a total of 158 ballot papers.

Member Round 1 Round 2
  Brazil 151
  Yugoslavia 146
    Nepal 144
  Senegal 132
  Algeria 104 113
  Morocco 61 42
  Nigeria 2
  Benin 1
  Guyana 1
  India 1
  Libya 1
  Pakistan 1
  Romania 1
abstentions 0 3
invalid ballots 0 0
required majority 106 104

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ United Nations Security Council (2008), Repertoire of the practice of the Security Council, p. 178
  2. ^ Conforti, Benedetto (2005), The law and practice of the United Nations, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, p. 61
  3. ^ Charter of the United Nations, Article 23
  4. ^ Resolution 1991 A (XVIII), dated 1963-12-17, in force 1965-08-31.
  5. ^ "Asian group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific group", Radio New Zealand International, 2011-08-31.

External linksEdit

  • UN Document A/42/PV.40 Official record of General Assembly meeting, 15 October 1987
  • UN Document A/59/881 Note Verbale from the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica containing a record of Security Council elections up to 2004