As India got elected unopposed to UN security council, India’s PM Modi expressed that he is “Deeply Grateful”

India will be present in the potent UN body for the forthcoming two years from January 1, together with the five other permanent members.


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed today that he was “deeply grateful” as India was appointed unopposed as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. India triumphed by 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly in the election which was held on Wednesday.


PM Modi expressed himself by tweeting: “Deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the global community for India’s membership of the UN Security Council. India will work with all member countries to promote global peace, security, resilience and equity.”


Countries namely Norway, Ireland, India,  and Mexico were chosen to the UN Security Council but the 193 UN member states must get back on Thursday in order to proceed with voting to occupy one more vacant spot as there was no clear winner.


The Security Council is the only exclusive UN body that has the power to make lawfully binding decisions such as implementing sanctions and permitting the use of force. The Security Council has five permanent veto-wielding members namely the US, China, Britain, France and Russia along with additional 10 non-permanent members. 


India’s Permanent Mission to the UN tweeted, “The Member States elect India to the non-permanent seat of the Security Council for the term 2021-22 with overwhelming support.” 


India will participate in the potent UN body for two years starting from January 1 onwards, together with the five permanent members and non-permanent members namely Vietnam, Niger, Saint Vincent, Tunisia, Estonia, and the Grenadines. 


In order to be elected to the Council, the candidate countries are required to have a two-thirds majority of votes of the Member States that are present and are balloting in the Assembly. After functioning virtually since March amidst the outburst of the coronavirus pandemic, diplomats got back to the General Assembly hall on Wednesday wearing masks and even practiced physical distancing while cast their votes in secret ballots at allocated times.


India was the only single candidate for the lone seat from the Asia-Pacific classification. Its candidature was concurrently supported by the 55-member grouping, inclusive of China and Pakistan, in June 2019.


India has priorly been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council for the years 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992, and recently in 2011-2012.


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