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Bhutan bids for seat

September 26, 2010

For the first time, the kingdom aspires for non-permanent membership
By Rinzin Wangchuk
Daily Times
September 23, 2010

New York -- 2013 Security Council 22 September,
2010 - As world leaders take stock of progress in
meeting the eight Millennium Development Goal
benchmarks by 2015, which were committed to by
more than 190 heads of states and governments in
2000, Bhutan also began for the first time to
lobby, in a subtle way, for a seat in the 2013 UN Security Council.

Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y Thinley, who is in New York
for the three-day UN high level plenary meeting,
which began on September 20, and is busy
attending the bilateral meetings with
participating heads of states and governments,
told Kuensel that Bhutan, for the first time, is
aspiring for the UN Security Council so as to
make contribution to world peace and stability.

Lyonchhoen said the election campaign is being
launched this year to elect 10 non-permanent
members in 2012. “If Bhutan is elected then we
assume a seat in 2013,” Lyonchhoen told Kuensel.
“We felt important to participate in the election
because we can make difference to human society.
The United Nations is the place where global
issues are discussed and debated, particularly
security concerns and peace keeping.”

The Council is composed of five permanent
members: China, France, Russian Federation, the
United Kingdom and the United States - and 10
non-permanent members. The ten non-permanent
members are elected by the General Assembly for
two-year term and not eligible for immediate
re-election, according to the security council
charter. Each council member has one vote.
Decisions on procedural matters are made by an
affirmative vote of at least nine of the 15 members.

The president of the security council is held in
turn by its members in the English alphabetical
order of their names. Each president holds office
for one calendar month. The number of
non-permanent members was increased from six to
10 by an amendment of the charter, which came into force in 1965.

The primary responsibility of the security
council, according to the charter, is to maintain
international peace and security and to
investigate any dispute or situation, which might
lead to international friction. The other
responsibilities are to call on members to apply
economic sanctions and other measures not
involving the use of force to prevent or stop
aggression, and to take military action against an aggressor.

The council is so organised as to be able to
function continuously, and a representative from
each of its members must be present at all times
at United Nations headquarters.
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