Monday, January 24

Ghana joins UN Security Council

Ghana, Gabon, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates and Albania were elected in June by the General Assembly to sit on the Security Council as non-permanent members with effect from 1 January 2022

President Akufo-Addo with the UN secretary general, António Guterres
 President Akufo-Addo with the UN secretary general, António Guterres

There will be a flag-raising ceremony today, 4 January 2022, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City to mark Ghana and four other countries taking their seats on the Security Council, each for a two-year term, as non-permanent members of the Council.

In June 2021 Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana and the United Arab Emirates were elected by the General Assembly to sit on the Security Council as non-permanent members with effect from 1 January 2022.

It brings to three the number of African countries on the 15-member UN body, with Kenya already on the Council since January 2021. The East African country’s two-year term expires at the end of December this year.

In November 2022, Ghana is expected to preside over the Council.

Ghana received the support of 185 out of 190 countries during the General Assembly vote, more than any of the five nations elected to the Council.

According to the final tally, Gabon received 183 votes, Brazil 181, United Arab Emirates 179 and Albania 175.

Source: Asaase Radio 99.5 

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