Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2016

Third voting round UN Security Council

KoenderNEW YORK – The Netherlands still does not know whether it will get a seat on the United Nations Security Council. Sweden will get at least one seat, but it is not yet clear whether the Netherlands or Italy will receive the other available spot.

This appears in a third round of voting this Tuesday.

The Netherlands received Tuesday in the first round of voting 125 votes of the members of the UN. That was just not enough to get the seat right away. Italy received 113 votes. Sweden received 134 votes, which was enough to immediately secure a seat. In the second ballot Netherlands came on 99 votes. Italy managed to receive 92. There is a majority of 128 votes required to get the seat.

The Netherlands has lobbied for years for the spot in the powerful UN body.

In an enthusiastic collaboration with Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, the Netherlands wanted to show that it can be a good partner for small Member States.

It involves a place in the UN Security Council for the years 2017 and 2018. The Council has five permanent and ten non-permanent members.

The non-permanent members are divided into geographical areas, so that each continent is fairly represented. Netherlands is campaigning for a seat of the so-called Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG). In this zone two places are released. Even Italy and Sweden are competing. The winners take their positions on January 1, 2017.

Photo credit: Herman Stam

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