2017 United Nations Security Council election

The 2017 United Nations Security Council election was held on 2 June 2017 during the 71st session of the United NationsGeneral Assembly, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. In addition to the regular elections for five of the non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council, there was by-election for a sixth seat held by Italy who relinquished its seat at the end of the year as part of a term splitting agreement with the Netherlands.[1] The regular elections are for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 2018; the by-election is for the remainder of Italy’s term.[1] In accordance with the Security Council’s rotation rules, whereby the ten non-permanent UNSC seats rotate among the various regional blocs into which UN member states traditionally divide themselves for voting and representation purposes, the five regularly available seats are allocated as follows:

2017 United Nations Security Council election


 2016 2 June 2017[1] 2018 

6 (of 10) non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council



Members before election

 Egypt(Africa, Arab)
 Senegal(Africa)
 Uruguay(LatAm&Car)
 Japan (Asia)
 Ukraine(E. Europe)
 Italy(WEOG)

New Members

The six elected members began their two-year terms on 1 January 2018,[3][4] and continued to serve on the Security Council until the end of 2019. Notably, Equatorial Guinea was elected to the Council for the first time.

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As a result of the rotation policy implemented by the Security Council for designation of its temporary seats, two nations from Africa would be selected. Prospective candidates were further limited by internal subdivision within the Africa Group.[5]

The two candidates ran unopposed.[5]

The Eastern European Group was designated one seat on the Security Council in the election. Poland, having attempted to procure a seat in the past, announced its candidacy, as did Bulgaria. However, the latter dropped out of the race in December 2016, leaving Poland unopposed for the seat.[9]

The two-year tenure will represent Poland’s sixth term as a temporary member of the Security Council. Witold Waszczykowski, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, heralded their election as “a great victory for Polish diplomacy”.[9]

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