01.07.16 – Kazakhstan Becomes First Central Asian Country on United Nations Security Council

Kazakhstan has been elected to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for 2017 – 18 in the Asian-Pacific group after a second round of voting.   Kazakhstan will join Sweden, Ethiopia and Bolivia for a two-year term beginning on January 1st 2017, becoming the first ever Central Asian country to be elected to the Security Council.

“Kazakhstan is incredibly proud to have been chosen to represent Asia as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. As the first Central Asian country to be afforded the honour, we will bring our unique perspective and expertise to bear on the challenges that the council faces,” Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov said following the vote.

The 193-member UN General Assembly gathered in the New York City headquarters to elect Kazakhstan with 138 votes – comfortably more than the two-thirds majority required – while the only competitor, Thailand gathered 55 votes.  Italy is set to share the remaining available seat with the Netherlands.

Kazakhstan declared its candidacy for non-permanent membership to the UN Security Council in June 2010 and directed a persuasive campaign based on the four main pillars of food, water, energy and nuclear security. According to Kazakh diplomats, as a non-permanent UN Security Council member, Kazakhstan will seek to represent the interests of the whole of Central Asia.

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