Ghana will become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from January 1, 2022 until December 31, 2023.
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry Friday, June 11, 2021, indicated the term follows Ghana’s election to the Council by the General Assembly of the UN to serve the two-year term.
According to the statement, Ghana secured 185 votes out of 190 votes cast during the election.
“Ghana obtained the highest number of votes compared to the four other Member States that were elected, further cementing Ghana’s high standing in the comity of Nations,” it explained
The United Arab Emirates, Albania, Brazil and Gabon are among other members who have also been elected to serve on the Council as non-permanent members.
In the statement, the Foreign Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway expressed the country’s expectation to, “work closely with all the new members of the Council when Ghana’s tenure commences in January 2022.”
The Foreign Minister further vowed, “to work assiduously to assist in addressing the conflicts on the continent and sustain the peace the people of Africa need.”
She added that, “Ghana will also use her tenure on the Security Council to seek for a stronger and deeper collaboration and cooperation between the United Nations and regional bodies in a manner that enhances complementarity and ensures effectiveness of coordinated action.”
About the UN Security Council
Every year, five countries are elected to the 15-member Council as non-permanent members for a two-year term, according to a geographical rotation set by the General Assembly in 1963, to ensure fair regional representation: five from African and Asian and Pacific States; one from Eastern Europe; two from Latin American States; and two from Western European and Other States (WEOG).