On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly elected Ecuador, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, and Switzerland to the United Nations Security Council for two-year terms beginning January 1, 2023.

All five nations ran uncontested for a seat on the 15-member council in charge of international peace and security. They’ll take the place of India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway.

Seats are assigned to regional groupings to guarantee geographical representation. Even if candidates run uncontested in their party, they must get the support of more than two-thirds of the General Assembly.

Ecuador earned 190 votes, Japan received 184, Malta received 185, Mozambique received 192, and Switzerland received 187.

The Security Council is the only United Nations body with the authority to impose sanctions and authorize the use of force. It has five permanent members with veto power: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia.

Source: Reuters

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