Malaysia: UN Security Council, 2015-2016


October 17, 2014

Malaysia in UN Security Council

source: Bernama/www.malaysiakini.com

Malaysia has won a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), taking 187 out of the total 192 votes.

AnifahAman2The voting took place at the United Nations General Assembly hall in New York to fill five vacancies among the Security Council’s non-permanent membership. Foreign Minister Anifah Aman (left) was at the hall to observe the voting process. Malaysia needed to garner at least 130 votes to get elected.

A total of 193 representatives of UN member countries were eligible to cast their votes to elect the five new members of the council. The new members will take up their seats on January 1, 2015 and will serve on the council until December 31, 2016.

The five seats available for election in 2014, distributed regionally, are: one seat for the African Group (currently held by Rwanda); one seat for Asia-Pacific Group (currently held by the Republic of Korea); one seat for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, (currently held by Argentina); and two seats for the Western European and Others Group (currently held by Australia and Luxembourg).

Lithuania will maintain for another year the seat for the Eastern European Group. The respective winners for the other vacancies were Angola (Africa), Venezuela (Latin America and the Caribbean) and New Zealand while Spain and Turkey are involved in a third round of balloting to fill the remaining seat.

The Five Permanent Members

un_security_council_1Malaysia: UNSC Member (2015- 2016)

The Five Permanent Security Council members, which each wield the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Along with Lithuania, the non-permanent members that will remain on the Council until the end of 2015 are Chad, Chile, Jordan, and Nigeria.

Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Each of the council’s members has one vote. Under the Charter, all UN Member States are obligated to comply with council decisions.

wisma_putraWisma Putra

The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act a of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. Prior to this, Malaysia was on the UN Security Council three times – in 1965, 1989 till 1990 and 1999 till 2000.

– Bernama

9 thoughts on “Malaysia: UN Security Council, 2015-2016

  1. FM Anifah Aman and his team at Wisma Putra are to be congratulated on Malaysia’s election to the UN Security Council. Let us hope our Permanent Representative in New York will be well supported by an effective team at Wisma Putra. –Din Merican

  2. The non-permanent members of the security council remind me of what has been said of the position of the US Vice president.
    That it is “about as useful as a cow’s fifth teat” and “nation’s fire hydrant.” It the latter case the newly elected members will be used as such by the permanent reps particularly the US, which has even gone so far as to veto Security Council resolutions calling on all states to observe international law. I think it was under that cowboy prez.

    Let’s see if the current crop of non-perms including Malaysia can buck that scenario, tho I have my doubts, when push comes to shove. But it will be good domestic propaganda, I guess, and fodder for rags like the Utusan and NST and the other mouthpieces.

  3. Even countries such as Libya were once upon a time elected to the Human Rights Council. While it is important to make a show on the international stage it is even more important to make a show on the national stage. The Foreign policy of any nation must adequately reflect national strength and interest.It would be counterproductive for any nation to do one thing at home and project a different and benevolent explanation of what is happening at home. Diplomats and journalist stationed in your country will make a living by pointing out those contradictions.

    On that note I wish Wismaputra well and hope that the role they play in the UNSC will be a credit to the nation and its domestic and foreign policies.

  4. Perhaps someone out there can explain what good the UN actually does… The whole of the Middle East is going up in flames after countries that were no threat to anyone but themselves have been attacked, occupied and destroyed.

    Sorry I cannot see any reason for self-congratulations on being part of an outer circle of such an emasculated body.

  5. what can Malaysia achieve by being a member of the Security Council? Malaysia have no bite, just bark only. In the final analysis the big 5 with power to veto will dictate the outcome.

  6. Dear Friends,
    At the United Nations your voice will only be a voice depending on where your country stands in the international ladder. Other countries will only listen to what you have to say when what you do at home matches your words in the UN. How does this come about?. Well every country has diplomatic mission overseas and Secrets Act or no Secret Act they are constantly reporting on your country to their respective governments back home. And they have information at their finger tips to counter whatever you may at the meetings. There is no shouting but only points being made politely.To my mind if you want to know what is happing in your own country set up a Diplomatic Mission with all its diplomatic privileges in your own capital.

    Unfortunately, if you visit the United Nations the one thing that stands out is that the representatives of all countries look the same with their elegant dressing and the Limos, some use stretch Limos.And your presence in New York does not come cheap. Apartment rentals, and other allowances that include, COLA, medical, schooling for your children, and not to mention entertainment allowance can cost you any thing from US100,000 – US200,000 a year per officer depending on his rank.
    Well what can you get out of it? It may show that things are ok at home and we are not doing too badly. There is of course degrees of what “not doing too badly” means.

  7. Membership is no big deal as countries are nominated and elected on a regional basis . Bolehland stood as the sole ASIAN country candidate and as such it is a sure fire entry !!!!!

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