Research Report

Posted 21 May 2018
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Security Council Elections 2018

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On 8 June, the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to hold elections for the Security Council. The five seats available for election in 2018 according to the regular distribution among regions will be as follows:

  • one seat for the African Group (currently held by Ethiopia);
  • one seat for the Group of Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States (the Asia-Pacific Group, currently held by Kazakhstan);
  • one seat for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC, currently held by Bolivia); and
  • two seats for the Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG, currently held by the Netherlands and Sweden).

The East European Group is not contesting any seat this year as its seat, held by Poland through 2019, comes up for election every other year. The five new members elected this year will take up their seats on 1 January 2019 and will serve until 31 December 2020.


Click here to view a comprehensive review of elections for non-permanent members of the Security Council, 1946-2017.

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