2017 United Nations Security Council election

The 2017 United Nations Security Council election was held on 2 June 2017 during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. In addition to the regular elections for five of the non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council, there was by-election for a sixth seat held by Italy who relinquished its seat at the end of the year as part of a term splitting agreement with the Netherlands.[1] The regular elections are for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 2018; the by-election is for the remainder of Italy's term.[1] In accordance with the Security Council's rotation 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, the five regularly available seats are allocated as follows:

2017 United Nations Security Council election

← 2016 2 June 2017[1] 2018 →

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

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Members before election

 Egypt (Africa, Arab)
 Senegal (Africa)
 Uruguay (LatAm&Car)
 Japan (Asia)
 Ukraine (E. Europe)
 Italy (WEOG)

New Members

The six elected members began their two-year terms on 1 January 2018,[3][4] and will continue to serve on the Security Council until the end of 2019. Notably, Equatorial Guinea was elected to the Council for the first time.


African GroupEdit

As a result of the rotation policy implemented by the Security Council for designation of its temporary seats, two nations from Africa would be selected. Prospective candidates were further limited by internal subdivision within the Africa Group.[5]

The two candidates ran unopposed.[5]

Asia Pacific GroupEdit

Eastern European GroupEdit

The Eastern European Group was designated one seat on the Security Council in the election. Poland, having attempted to procure a seat in the past, announced its candidacy, as did Bulgaria. However, the latter dropped out of the race in December 2016, leaving Poland unopposed for the seat.[9]

The two-year tenure will represent Poland's sixth term as a temporary member of the Security Council. Witold Waszczykowski, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, heralded their election as "a great victory for Polish diplomacy".[9]

Latin American and Caribbean GroupEdit

Western European and Others GroupEdit

Conventionally, there are only five seats available in each UN Security Council election. However, Italy, having claimed the Western European seat the 2016 election, agreed to vacate after one year and allow the Netherlands to take its place. The Netherlands ran unopposed.

The presence of the Netherlands on the Security Council will represent their first term on the body in twenty years. Minister of Foreign Affairs Halbe Zijlstra said, in a meeting with UN Secretary-General António Guterres, that the Dutch delegation would "focus on themes such as justice and the prevention of conflicts" during its tenure.[12]


African and Asia-Pacific GroupsEdit

African and Asia-Pacific Groups election results[13]
Member Round 1
  Ivory Coast 189
  Kuwait 188
  Equatorial Guinea 185
  Morocco 1
  Guinea 1
abstentions 0
required majority 128

Latin American and Caribbean GroupEdit

Latin American and Caribbean Group election results[13]
Member Round 1
  Peru 186
  Argentina 1
abstentions 5
required majority 125

Eastern European GroupEdit

Eastern European Group election results[13]
Member Round 1
  Poland 190
abstentions 2
required majority 127

Western European and Others GroupEdit

Western European and Others Group election results[13]
Member Round 1
  Netherlands 184
abstentions 4
invalid ballots 4
required majority 123

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Security Council Elections 2017" (PDF). Security Council Report. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Asian group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific group", Radio New Zealand International, 2011-08-31.
  3. ^ INFORM.KZ. "Kazakhstan to preside over UN Security Council for first time in history". www.inform.kz.
  4. ^ "Kuwait to lead Arab Group at UNSC starting from Monday - Egypt Today". www.egypttoday.com.
  5. ^ a b http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/unsc_elections_2017.pdf
  6. ^ "President Abbas Calls for Strengthening Palestinian Leadership on World Stage, as General Assembly Moves into Third Day of Annual Debate". United Nations. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Security Council Initiative". WFUNA. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Security Council Elections: Options after Saudi Arabia Rejects its Seat". What's in Blue?. 18 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Poland chosen to join UN Security Council".
  10. ^ "Community of Democracies meeting: Suu Kyi receives Geremek Award". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Dutch UN security council efforts to focus on preventing conflict - DutchNews.nl". 18 December 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d "General Assembly Elects Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland as Non-Permanent Members of Security Council for 2018-2019". United Nations. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017.