United Nations Security Council election, 1994

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United Nations Security Council election, 1994
United Nations
1993 ←
20 October 1994 → 1995
5 (of 10) non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council

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Members before election

 Djibouti (Africa)
 Pakistan (Asia)
 Brazil (LatAm&Car)
 New Zealand (WEOG)
 Spain (WEOG)

New Members

The 1994 United Nations Security Council election was held on 20 October 1994 during the Forty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The General Assembly elected Botswana, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, and Italy, as the five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 1995.


The Security Council has 15 seats, filled by five permanent members and ten non-permanent members. Each year, half of the non-permanent members are elected for two-year terms.[1][2] A sitting member may not immediately run for re-election.[3]

In accordance with the 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,[4] the five available seats are allocated as follows:[5]

To be elected, a candidate must receive a two-thirds majority of those present and voting. If the vote is inconclusive after the first round, three rounds of restricted voting shall take place, followed by three rounds of unrestricted voting, and so on, until a result has been obtained. In restricted voting, only official candidates may be voted on, while in unrestricted voting, any member of the given regional group, with the exception of current Council members, may be voted on.

Endorsed candidates[edit]

The Chairpersons of the respective Regional Groups made known their endorsements of the candidate nations prior to the vote. Mr. Jallow of the Gambia gave the endorsement of the African Group to Botswana. Mr. Slade of Samoa gave the endorsement of the Asian Group to Indonesia. Mr. Fernandez Estigarribia of Paraguay gave the endorsement of the Latin American and Caribbean Group to Honduras. Mrs. Fréchette, the then-Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, gave the endorsement of the Western European and Others Group to Germany and Italy.


170 ballot papers were distributed for all voting.

African Group[edit]

African and Asian States election results
Member Round 1
 Botswana 168
 Indonesia 164
 Gabon 1
 Japan 1
abstentions 0
invalid ballots 0
required majority 114

Latin American and Caribbean Group[edit]

Latin American and Caribbean Group election results
Member Round 1
 Honduras 170
abstentions 0
invalid ballots 0
required majority 114

Western European and Other Group[edit]

Western European and Other Group election results
Member Round 1
 Italy 167
 Germany 164
 Australia 1
abstentions 0
invalid ballots 0
required majority 114

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United Nations Security Council (2008), Repertoire of the practice of the Security Council, p. 178, retrieved 3 November 2011 
  2. ^ Conforti, Benedetto (2005), The law and practice of the United Nations, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, p. 61, retrieved 3 November 2011 
  3. ^ Charter of the United Nations, Article 23
  4. ^ Resolution 1991 A (XVIII), dated 1963-12-17, in force 1965-08-31. See also the notes accompanying Rules 142 to 144 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly and Item 114(a) (page 175) of UN Document A/66/100, Annotated preliminary list of items to be included in the provisional agenda of the sixty-sixth regular session of the General Assembly.
  5. ^ "Security Council Elections 2011" (PDF). Security Council Report: Special Research Report. 2011-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Asian group of nations at UN changes its name to Asia-Pacific group", Radio New Zealand International, 2011-08-31.

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