05 July 2016; Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Ms Dunya Maumoon has sent congratulatory messages to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Italy, Bolivia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan on their election to the non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2017-2019.
In her message, Minister Dunya highlighted the firm commitment that these countries have shown to the noble ideals of the United Nations. The Minister has also extended the full support of the Government of Maldives to these countries and other members of the Security Council in maintaining international peace and security.
The election for the five vacant non-permanent seats of the UN Security Council was held on 28 June 2016 at the UN General Assembly.
The Security Council has five permanent seats and 10 non-permanent seats. The 10 non-permanent seats are elected for a term of two years where by five seats will become vacant every year. Non-permanent seats are allocated among regional groups where this year’s vacancy was as follows: 1 seat for African Group, 1 seat for Asian Group, 1 seat for Latin American Group and 2 seats in the Western Europe and other states group.
The Maldives is competing for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council for the term 2019 to 2020, at the election to be held in 2018.