List of members of the United Nations Security Council

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Membership of the United Nations Security Council is held by the five permanent members and ten elected, non-permanent members. Prior to 1966, there were six elected members, while the permanent members have in essence not changed since the creation of the United Nations in 1945, apart from the representation of China. Elected members hold their place on the Council for a two-year term, and half of these places are contested each year. To ensure geographical continuity, a certain number of members is allocated for each of the five UN regional groupings.

Current membership[edit]

Permanent members
Country Regional Group Member Since
 People's Republic of China Asia-Pacific Group 1971, replaced the Republic of China
 France Western European and Others Group 1946
 Russian Federation Eastern European Group 1991, replaced the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
 United Kingdom Western European and Others Group 1946
 United States Western European and Others Group 1946
Non-permanent members
Country Regional Group Term Began Term Ends
 Argentina Latin American & Caribbean Group (GRULAC) 2013 2014
 Australia Western European and Others Group 2013 2014
 Chad African Group 2014 2015
 Chile Latin American & Caribbean Group (GRULAC) 2014 2015
 Jordan Asia-Pacific Group 2014 2015
 Lithuania Eastern European Group 2014 2015
 Luxembourg Western European and Others Group 2013 2014
 Nigeria African Group 2014 2015
 Republic of Korea Asia-Pacific Group 2013 2014
 Rwanda African Group 2013 2014
Members of the current UNSC on the map of the world
  Permanent members
  Non-permanent members

Regional Groups[edit]

  African Group
  Asia-Pacific Group
  Eastern European Group
  Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
  Western European and Others Group
  UN member not in any voting group
  Non-UN state or territory

In addition, one of the non-permanent members of the council is an Arab country, alternately from the African or Asia-Pacific groups. This rule was added to the system in 1967 for it to be applied beginning with 1968.

Each year the UN General Assembly elects five new members for a two-year term; these elections always begin in October of the year, and continue until the two-thirds majority for the number of countries for each region has been reached. Re-election is allowed, but the term must not be consecutive.

Electoral timetable
Term beginning in years that are: odd even
African Group one member two members *
Asia-Pacific Group one member one member *
Eastern European Group none one member
Latin American & Caribbean Group (GRULAC) one member one member
Western European and Others Group two members none

* The representative of Arab nations alternates between these two elected spaces.

Previous and future Security Council composition[edit]

From 1946 to 1965, the security council included six non-permanent members. The regional grouping at that time was:

There were some exceptions to this grouping: Liberia took the place of a Western European country in 1961; the Ivory Coast substituted a member of the Commonwealth in 1964–1965; and the Eastern Europe group included Asian countries from 1956.

As part of a proposed expansion of the Security Council, Brazil, Germany, India and Japan, collectively the Group of 4 or G4 nations, are seeking permanent representation on this body.

On 1 January 2014, the following changes in membership of the council occurred as a result of an election held in 2013:

Regional group Outgoing member Incoming member
African  Morocco
 Togo
 Chad
 Nigeria
Asia-Pacific  Pakistan  Jordan
Latin American & Caribbean (GRULAC)  Guatemala  Chile
Eastern European  Azerbaijan  Lithuania

Membership by Year[edit]

Permanent[edit]

Year Chinese seat French seat Soviet/Russian seat British seat American seat
1945 Republic of China French Republic (4th)  Soviet Union  United Kingdom  United States
1949 Republic of China (Taiwan)
1958 French Republic (5th)
1971  People's Republic of China
1992–present Russian Federation

Non-Permanent (1946–1965)[edit]

Year Latin American Seats Commonwealth Seat Eastern European
& Asian Seat [note 2]
Middle Eastern Seat Western European Seat
1946  Brazil  Mexico  Australia  Poland  Egypt  Netherlands
1947  Colombia  Syria  Belgium
1948  Argentina  Canada  Ukrainian SSR
1949  Cuba  Egypt  Norway
1950  Ecuador  India  Yugoslavia
1951  Brazil  Turkey  Netherlands
1952  Chile  Pakistan  Greece
1953  Colombia  Lebanon  Denmark
1954  Brazil  New Zealand  Turkey
1955  Peru  Iran  Belgium
1956  Cuba  Australia  Yugoslavia
1957  Colombia  Philippines  Iraq  Sweden
1958  Panama  Canada  Japan
1959  Argentina  Tunisia  Italy
1960  Ecuador  Ceylon  Poland
1961  Chile  Turkey  United Arab Republic  Liberia [note 3]
1962  Venezuela  Ghana  Romania  Ireland
1963  Brazil  Philippines  Morocco[note 4]  Norway
1964  Bolivia  Ivory Coast[note 5]  Czechoslovakia
1965  Uruguay  Malaysia  Jordan  Netherlands

Non-Permanent (1966–present)[edit]

Year African Group
* indicates Arab nations' representative
Asia-Pacific Group
* indicates Arab nations' representative
Latin American & Caribbean Group (GRULAC) Western European and Others Group Eastern European Group
1966  Mali  Nigeria  Uganda  Japan  Jordan *  Argentina  Uruguay  Netherlands  New Zealand  Bulgaria
1967  Ethiopia  India  Brazil  Canada  Denmark
1968  Algeria *  Senegal  Pakistan  Paraguay  Hungary
1969  Zambia    Nepal  Colombia  Finland  Spain
1970  Burundi  Sierra Leone  Syria *  Nicaragua  Poland
1971  Somalia  Japan  Argentina  Belgium  Italy
1972  Guinea  Sudan *  India  Panama  Yugoslavia
1973  Kenya  Indonesia  Peru  Australia  Austria
1974  Cameroon  Mauritania  Iraq *  Costa Rica  Byelorussian SSR
1975  Tanzania  Japan  Guyana  Italy  Sweden
1976  Benin  Libya *  Pakistan  Panama  Romania
1977  Mauritius  India  Venezuela  Canada  West Germany
1978  Gabon  Nigeria  Kuwait *  Bolivia  Czechoslovakia
1979  Zambia  Bangladesh  Jamaica  Norway  Portugal
1980  Niger  Tunisia *  Philippines  Mexico  East Germany
1981  Uganda  Japan  Panama  Ireland  Spain
1982  Togo  Zaire  Jordan *  Guyana  Poland
1983  Zimbabwe  Pakistan  Nicaragua  Malta  Netherlands
1984  Burkina Faso[note 6]  Egypt *  India  Peru  Ukrainian SSR
1985  Madagascar  Thailand  Trinidad and Tobago  Australia  Denmark
1986  Congo  Ghana  United Arab Emirates *  Venezuela  Bulgaria
1987  Zambia  Japan  Argentina  West Germany  Italy
1988  Algeria *  Senegal    Nepal  Brazil  Yugoslavia
1989  Ethiopia  Malaysia  Colombia  Canada  Finland
1990  Côte d'Ivoire  Zaire  Yemen *[note 7]  Cuba  Romania
1991  Zimbabwe  India  Ecuador  Austria  Belgium
1992  Cape Verde  Morocco *  Japan  Venezuela  Hungary
1993  Djibouti  Pakistan  Brazil  New Zealand  Spain
1994  Nigeria  Rwanda  Oman *  Argentina  Czech Republic
1995  Botswana  Indonesia  Honduras  Germany  Italy
1996  Egypt *  Guinea-Bissau  Republic of Korea  Chile  Poland
1997  Kenya  Japan  Costa Rica  Portugal  Sweden
1998  Gabon  Gambia  Bahrain *  Brazil  Slovenia
1999  Namibia  Malaysia  Argentina  Canada  Netherlands
2000  Mali  Tunisia *  Bangladesh  Jamaica  Ukraine
2001  Mauritius  Singapore  Colombia  Ireland  Norway
2002  Cameroon  Guinea  Syria *  Mexico  Bulgaria
2003  Angola  Pakistan  Chile  Germany  Spain
2004  Algeria *  Benin  Philippines  Brazil  Romania
2005  Tanzania  Japan  Argentina  Denmark  Greece
2006  Ghana  Congo  Qatar *  Peru  Slovakia
2007  South Africa  Indonesia  Panama  Belgium  Italy
2008  Burkina Faso  Libya *  Vietnam  Costa Rica  Croatia
2009  Uganda  Japan  Mexico  Austria  Turkey
2010  Gabon  Nigeria  Lebanon *  Brazil  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2011  South Africa  India  Colombia  Germany  Portugal
2012  Morocco *  Togo  Pakistan  Guatemala  Azerbaijan
2013  Rwanda  Republic of Korea  Argentina  Australia  Luxembourg
2014  Chad  Nigeria  Jordan *  Chile  Lithuania

List by number of years as Security Council member[edit]

This list contains the 130 United Nations member states so far elected to the United Nations Security Council, including the five permanent members, all listed by number of years each country has so far spent on the UNSC. Of all the members, 6 have so far ceased to exist, leaving the list with 124 modern nations. These, combined with the 69 modern nations that have never been elected to the UNSC to date (see Non-members, below), make up the entirety of the 193 current members of the UN.

Years on the Security Council, as of 2014, including current year where relevant :

      Indicates permanent member

      Indicates current elected member (2014)

      Indicates former United Nations member

Years [note 8] Country First Year Most Recent Year Regional Group Notes
68  France 1946 2014 WEOG Permanent member
68  United Kingdom 1946 2014 WEOG Permanent member
68  United States 1946 2014 WEOG Permanent member
45  Soviet Union 1946 1991 E. European Former permanent member, replaced by Russian Federation
43  People's Republic of China 1971 2014 Asia-Pacific Permanent member
25  Republic of China 1946 1971 Asian Former permanent member, replaced by People's Republic of China
23  Russian Federation 1991 2014 E. European Permanent member
20  Brazil 1946 2011 GRULAC
20  Japan 1958 2010 Asia-Pacific
18  Argentina 1948 2014 GRULAC Current membership of Security Council expires in December 2014
14  Colombia 1947 2012 GRULAC
14  India 1950 2012 Asia-Pacific
14  Pakistan 1952 2013 Asia-Pacific
12  Canada 1948 2000 WEOG
12  Italy 1959 2008 WEOG
10  Australia 1946 2014 WEOG Current membership of Security Council expires in December 2014
10  Belgium 1947 2008 WEOG
10  Germany 1977 2012 WEOG Includes 4 years when the Federal Republic of Germany consisted only of West Germany
10  Panama 1958 2008 GRULAC
9  Chile 1952 2014 GRULAC Current membership of Security Council expires 31 December 2015
9  Egypt 1946 1997 African (Arabic) Includes 2 years with the seat held in the name of the United Arab Republic, of which for more than 15 months UAR served as the name of modern day Egypt
9  Netherlands 1946 2000 WEOG
9  Nigeria 1966 2014 African Current membership of Security Council expires 31 December 2015
9  Poland 1946 1997 E. European
8  Denmark 1953 2006 WEOG
8  Norway 1949 2002 WEOG
8  Peru 1955 2007 GRULAC
8  Spain 1969 2004 WEOG
8  Venezuela 1962 1993 GRULAC
7  Mexico 1946 2010 GRULAC
7  Romania 1962 2005 E. European
7  Syria 1947 2003 Asia-Pacific (Arabic) Includes one year (1961) during which the United Arab Republic was a member, for the greater part of which Syria was a member of that union
7  Turkey 1951 2010 WEOG
7  Yugoslavia 1950 1989 E. European Predecessor of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia
6  Algeria 1968 1989 African (Arabic)
6  Austria 1973 2010 WEOG
6  Bulgaria 1966 2003 E. European
6  Costa Rica 1974 2009 GRULAC
6  Cuba 1949 1991 GRULAC
6  Ecuador 1950 1992 GRULAC
6  Gabon 1978 2011 African
6  Ghana 1962 2007 African
6  Indonesia 1973 2008 Asia-Pacific
6  Morocco 1963 2013 African (Arabic)
6  Philippines 1957 2004 Asia-Pacific
6  Portugal 1979 2012 WEOG
6  Sweden 1957 1998 WEOG
6  Tunisia 1959 2003 African (Arabic)
6  Ukraine 1948 2001 E. European Includes 4 years of membership under the name of  Ukrainian SSR. Additionally, Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union during its 45 years of Security Council membership
6  Zambia 1969 1988 African
5  Ireland 1962 2002 WEOG
5  Jordan 1965 2014 Asia-Pacific (Arabic) Current membership of Security Council expires 31 December 2015
5  Malaysia 1965 2000 Asia-Pacific
5  New Zealand 1954 1994 WEOG
5  Uganda 1966 2010 African
4  Bangladesh 1979 2001 Asia-Pacific
4  Benin 1976 2005 African
4  Bolivia 1964 1979 GRULAC
4  Burkina Faso 1984 2009 African For first 7 months of membership of the Security council in 1984 was known as Upper Volta.
4  Cameroon 1974 2003 African
4  Côte d'Ivoire 1964 1991 African
4  Ethiopia 1967 1990 African
4  Finland 1969 1990 WEOG
4  Greece 1952 2006 WEOG
4  Guinea 1972 2003 African
4  Guyana 1975 1983 GRULAC
4  Hungary 1968 1993 E. European
4  Iraq 1957 1975 Asia-Pacific (Arabic)
4  Jamaica 1979 2001 GRULAC
4  Kenya 1973 1998 African
4  Lebanon 1953 2011 Asia-Pacific (Arabic)
4 Libya Libya 1976 2009 African (Arabic)
4  Mali 1966 2001 African
4  Mauritius 1977 2002 African
4    Nepal 1969 1989 Asia-Pacific
4  Nicaragua 1970 1984 GRULAC
4  Republic of the Congo 1986 2007 African
4  Republic of Korea 1996 2014 Asia-Pacific Current membership of Security Council expires in December 2014
4  Rwanda 1994 2014 African Current membership of Security Council expires in December 2014
4  Senegal 1968 1989 African
4  South Africa 2007 2012 African
4  Tanzania 1975 2006 African
4  Togo 1982 2013 African
4  Zaire 1982 1991 African Now known as Democratic Republic of the Congo
4  Zimbabwe 1983 1992 African
3  Czechoslovakia 1964 1979 E. European Predecessor of Czech Republic and Slovakia
2  Angola 2003 2004 African
2  Azerbaijan 2012 2013 E. European Was part of the Soviet Union during its 45 years of Security Council membership
2  Bahrain 1998 1999 Asia-Pacific (Arabic)
2  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010 2011 E. European Was also part of the SFR Yugoslavia during its 7 years of Security Council membership
2  Botswana 1995 1996 African
2  Burundi 1970 1971 African
2  Byelorussian SSR 1974 1975 E. European Now known as Belarus
2  Cape Verde 1992 1993 African
2  Ceylon 1960 1961 Asia-Pacific Now known as Sri Lanka
2  Croatia 2008 2009 E. European Was also part of the SFR Yugoslavia during its 7 years of Security Council membership
2  Czech Republic 1994 1995 E. European Was also part of Czechoslovakia during its 3 years of Security Council membership
2  Djibouti 1993 1994 African
2  Gambia 1998 1999 African
2  East Germany 1980 1981 E. European Now subsumed into Germany, which has 5 years of Security Council membership since it has included the former territory of East Germany
2  Guatemala 2012 2013 GRULAC
2  Guinea-Bissau 1996 1997 African
2  Honduras 1995 1996 GRULAC
2  Iran 1955 1956 Asia-Pacific
2  Kuwait 1978 1979 Asia-Pacific (Arabic)
2  Luxembourg 2013 2014 WEOG Current membership of Security Council expires in December 2014
2  Madagascar 1985 1986 African
2  Malta 1983 1984 WEOG
2  Mauritania 1974 1975 African
2  Namibia 1999 2000 African
2  Niger 1980 1981 African
2  Oman 1994 1995 Asia-Pacific (Arabic)
2  Paraguay 1968 1969 GRULAC
2  Sierra Leone 1970 1971 African
2  Singapore 2001 2002 Asia-Pacific Was also part of Malaysia for several months of 1965 during its membership of the Security Council
2  Slovakia 2006 2007 E. European Was also part of Czechoslovakia during its 3 years of Security Council membership
2  Slovenia 1998 1998 E. European Was also part of the SFR Yugoslavia during its 7 years of Security Council membership
2  Somalia 1971 1972 African
2  Sudan 1972 1973 African (Arabic)
2  Thailand 1985 1986 Asia-Pacific
2  Trinidad and Tobago 1985 1986 GRULAC
2  Qatar 2006 2007 Asia-Pacific (Arabic)
2  United Arab Emirates 1986 1987 Asia-Pacific (Arabic)
2  United Arab Republic 1961 1962 African (Arabic) Predecessor of Syria and Egypt
2  Uruguay 1965 1966 GRULAC
2  Vietnam 2008 2009 Asia-Pacific
2  Yemen 1990 1991 Asia-Pacific (Arabic) The entity elected, and which held the Security Council seat for the first five months of membership, was South Yemen: unification with North Yemen occurred during the time of membership.
1  Chad 2014 2014 African (Arabic) Was a colony of France from 1900 to 11 August 1960; Current membership of Security Council expires in December 2015
1  Liberia 1961 1961 African Served only one year[note 9]
1  Lithuania 2014 2014 E. European Was part of the Soviet Union from 3 August 1940 to 11 March 1990; Current membership of Security Council expires in December 2015

Future candidacies[edit]

The following countries have made known their applications for future United Nations Security Council membership:

Africa Asia-Pacific Eastern Europe GRULAC WEOG
2014 Angola[3] Fiji,[4] Malaysia[5][6] Venezuela[7] New Zealand,[8][9] Spain,[10] Turkey[11][12]
2015 Egypt,[13] Senegal[14] Bangladesh,[15] Japan[16] Ukraine[17] Uruguay[18]
2016 Kenya,[19] Seychelles[20] Kazakhstan,[21] Thailand[6][22] ? Sweden,[23] Italy,[23] the Netherlands[24]
2017 ? Kuwait,[13] Yemen[13] Poland[25] Peru[26]
2018 ? Indonesia,[6] Maldives[27] ? Belgium,[28][29][30] Germany,[29][30] Israel[29][30]
2019 ? India,[31][32] Vietnam[6][33] Estonia[34] ?
2020 ? Afghanistan[32] ? Ireland,[35] Norway[36]
2021 ? Bahrain,[13] United Arab Emirates[32] Albania[37] ?
2022 ? Mongolia[21][32] ? Switzerland[38]
2023 ? Pakistan[32] ? ?
2024 ? ? ? Greece[39]
2025 ? ? Latvia[40] ?
2026 ? The Philippines[6] ? ?
2027 ? Republic of Korea[41] ? ?
2029 ? ? Croatia[42] ?

Serbia[43] as a member of the Eastern European Group has also expressed their wish to apply for United Nations Security Council membership in the future, but did not specify any term.

Non-members[edit]

As of July 2011, there are currently 193 members of the United Nations and five permanent members of the Security Council. The other ten seats are assigned amongst the remaining 188 members. As a result, many members have never been on the Security Council. The following list is a summary of all countries, currently 69 modern nations[44] and three historical ones, that have never been a member of the United Nations Security Council. The three historical UN members listed are Tanganyika, Zanzibar, and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Member states of the United Nations that have never been members of the United Nations Security Council as of January 2014.

      Indicates former United Nations member

UN Member state Regional Group Security Council membership as part of another entity
 Afghanistan Asia-Pacific
 Albania E. European
 Andorra WEOG
 Antigua and Barbuda GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1632 to 1 November 1980
 Armenia E. European Was part of the Soviet Union from 29 November 1920 to 25 December 1991
 Bahamas GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1717 to 10 July 1973
 Barbados GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1625 to 30 November 1966
 Belize GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1862 to 21 September 1981
 Bhutan Asia-Pacific
 Brunei Asia-Pacific Was a protectorate of the United Kingdom from 1888 to 1984, and was occupied by Japan from 1941 to 1945
 Cambodia Asia-Pacific Was a colony of France from 1863 to 9 November 1953
 Central African Republic African Was a colony of France from 1894 to 13 August 1960
 Comoros African Was a colony of France from 1841 to 6 July 1975
 Cyprus Asia-Pacific Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 5 November 1914 to 16 August 1960
 Democratic People's Republic of Korea Asia-Pacific
 Dominica GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1783 to 3 November 1978
 Dominican Republic GRULAC
 El Salvador GRULAC
 Equatorial Guinea African Equatorial Guinea was a colony of Spain until 1968, but Spain's first term on the UNSC was in 1969
 Eritrea African Was under the administration of the United Kingdom from 1941 to 1947, then a United Nations Trust Territory from 1947 to 1952, then part of Ethiopia from 1952 to 24 May 1993
 Estonia E. European Was part of the Soviet Union from 1944 to 20 August 1991
 Fiji Asia-Pacific Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1874 to 10 October 1970
 Georgia E. European Was part of the Soviet Union from 25 February 1921 to 25 December 1991
 Grenada GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1763 to 7 February 1974
 Haiti GRULAC
 Iceland WEOG
 Israel None / WEOG[note 10] Was a League of Nations mandate under United Kingdom administration from 25 April 1920 to 14 May 1948
 Kazakhstan Asia-Pacific Was part of the Soviet Union from 26 April 1920 to 25 December 1991
 Kiribati Asian / None[note 11] Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1892 to 12 July 1979
 Kyrgyzstan Asia-Pacific Was part of the Soviet Union from 1 February 1926 to 25 December 1991
 Laos Asia-Pacific Was a colony of France from 1893 to 19 July 1949
 Latvia E. European Was part of the Soviet Union from 5 August 1940 to 21 August 1991
 Lesotho African Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1884 to 4 October 1966
 Liechtenstein WEOG
 Macedonia E. European Was part of Yugoslavia from 29 November 1943 to 3 April 1993
 Malawi African Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1891 to 6 July 1964
 Maldives Asia-Pacific Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1887 to 26 July 1965
 Marshall Islands Asia-Pacific Was part of the League of Nations South Pacific Mandate under Japanese administration from 28 June 1919 to 17 July 1947, then part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under the administration of the United States from 17 July 1947 to 21 October 1986
 Federated States of Micronesia Asia-Pacific Was part of the League of Nations South Pacific Mandate under Japanese administration from 28 June 1919 to 17 July 1947, then part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under the administration of the United States from 17 July 1947 to 3 November 1986
 Moldova E. European Was part of the Soviet Union from 28 June 1940 to 25 December 1991
 Monaco WEOG
 Mongolia Asia-Pacific
 Montenegro E. European Was part of Yugoslavia from 29 November 1943 to 28 April 1992 [note 12]
 Mozambique African Mozambique was a colony of Portugal from 1498 to 25 June 1975, but Portugal's first term on the UNSC was in 1979
 Myanmar Asia-Pacific Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1824 to 4 January 1948
 Nauru Asia-Pacific Was a United Nations Trust Territory administered by the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand from 1 January 1946 to 31 January 1968
 Palau Asia-Pacific Was part of the League of Nations South Pacific Mandate under Japanese administration from 28 June 1919 to 17 July 1947, then part of the United Nations Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands under the administration of the United States from 17 July 1947 to 1 October 1994
 Papua New Guinea Asia-Pacific Was administered by Australia in the case of the Territory of Papua from 1905, the Territory of New Guinea as a League of Nations mandate from 1919 and as a unified Territory of Papua and New Guinea from 1949 until 16 September 1975
 Saint Kitts and Nevis GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1713 to 19 September 1983
 Saint Lucia GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1803 to 22 February 1979
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines GRULAC Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1783 to 27 October 1979
 Samoa Asia-Pacific Was a League of Nations mandate under the administration of New Zealand from 17 December 1920 to 25 January 1947, then a United Nations Trust Territory under the administration of New Zealand from 25 January 1947 to 1 January 1962
 San Marino WEOG
 São Tomé and Príncipe African São Tomé and Príncipe was a colony of Portugal from 1471 to 12 July 1975, but Portugal's first term on the UNSC was in 1979
 Saudi Arabia Asia-Pacific Saudi Arabia was elected in the 2013 election, but declined the seat.[45]
 Serbia E. European Was part of Yugoslavia from 31 January 1946 to 27 April 1992 [note 13]
 Seychelles African Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1801 to 29 June 1976
 Solomon Islands Asia-Pacific Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1893 to 7 July 1978
 South Sudan African Was part of Sudan from the country's independence from the United Kingdom and Egypt on 1 January 1956 to 9 July 2011
 Suriname GRULAC Was a colony of the Netherlands from 1667 to 25 November 1975
 Swaziland African Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1902 to 6 September 1968
  Switzerland WEOG
 Tajikistan Asia-Pacific Was part of the Soviet Union from 14 October 1924 to 25 December 1991
 Tanganyika Commonwealth Seat Was a League of Nations mandate under the administration of the United Kingdom from 20 July 1922 to 11 December 1946, then a United Nations Trust Territory under the administration of the United Kingdom until 9 December 1962, then independent until federation with Zanzibar to form Tanzania
 Timor-Leste Asia-Pacific During the existence of the United Nations, Timor Leste has been a colony of Portugal (until 28 November 1975) and occupied by Indonesia (until 1999); Indonesia was a Security Council member in 1995-6.
 Tonga Asia-Pacific Was a protectorate of the United Kingdom from 18 May 1900 to 4 June 1970
 Turkmenistan Asia-Pacific Was part of the Soviet Union from 13 May 1925 to 8 December 1991
 Tuvalu Asia-Pacific Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 1892 to 1 October 1978
 Uzbekistan Asia-Pacific Was part of the Soviet Union from 13 May 1925 to 25 December 1991
 Vanuatu Asia-Pacific Was a Condominium under joint sovereignty of the United Kingdom and France from 1906 to 30 July 1980
 Zanzibar Commonwealth Seat Was a colony of the United Kingdom from 27 August 1896 to 10 December 1963, then independent until federation with Tanganyika to form Tanzania on 26 April 1964.
 FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro E. European Was part of Yugoslavia from 29 November 1943 to 27 April 1992

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Asian group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific group", Radio New Zealand International, 2011-08-31.
  2. ^ The Eastern Europe group included Asian countries from 1956 onwards
  3. ^ Liberia took the place of the Western European country in 1961
  4. ^ Morocco took the place of the Middle Eastern country in 1963–1964
  5. ^ Côte d'Ivoire took the place of a member of the Commonwealth in 1964–1965
  6. ^ At the time of election, and until August 1984, the country was known as Republic of Upper Volta.
  7. ^ The election was secured by South Yemen, and in May 1990, during its membership of the Security Council, it unified with North Yemen to form the single country of Yemen.
  8. ^ Table shows years completed or in progress. Each term on the Council consist of 2 years. Any odd number of years are countries currently serving the first year of a term, countries with terms between 1956 and 1967, when the order of the council changed, or the three countries (Mexico, Egypt and the Netherlands) who had the first terms in 1946 and changed in 1947
  9. ^ Liberia retired after one year following an agreement reached on the 15th Session. Ireland was elected for the remainder of the two-year term.[2]
  10. ^ Not a member of any regional group until joining the WEOG in 2000. Crossette, Barbara (3 December 1999). "Membership in Key Group Within U.N. Eludes Israel". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  11. ^ As of May 2006, Kiribati is not a member of any regional group
  12. ^ Montenegro was also part of FR Yugoslavia and of Serbia and Montenegro from 27 April 1992 to 5 June 2006, but these entities were not members of the Security Council
  13. ^ Serbia was also part of FR Yugoslavia and of Serbia and Montenegro from 27 April 1992 to 5 June 2006, but these entities were not members of the Security Council

References[edit]

  1. ^ The United Nations Security Council, The Green Papers Worldwide
  2. ^ Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia No. 47 – 1961. Aust. Bureau of Statistics. p. 1143. GGKEY:5SX8QTW3P5T. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Country seeks support for security council candidature". Agência Angola Press. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Dobell, Graeme (5 September 2012). "UN Security Council: What if we lose?". The Interpreter. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Canberra backs KL for UN Security Council seat". South African Foreign Policy Initiative. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
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