The First Meeting of the “Task Force on theElection of the Non-Permanent Members of United Nations Security Council in 2015”

January 16, 2014
Japanese

  1. 1. On January 16, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the “Task Force on the Election of the Non-Permanent Members of United Nations Security Council in 2015” under Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, and held its first meeting.

    2. At the first meeting the Task Force analysed various circumstances relating to the Election of the Non-Permanent Members of United Nations Security Council in 2015, and discussed future strategies of the election.

    (Reference) The Election of the Non-Permanent Members of United Nations Security Council in 2015

    (1) Japan is running as a candidate in the 2015 UN Security Council election of non-permanent members (one seat for election in the Asia-Pacific Group, 2016-2017 ). Bangladesh is also running as a candidate for the Asia-Pacific Group seat. The voting will take place in October 2015.

    (2) To be elected, a candidate needs more than two-thirds of the votes of member countries present and voting at the General Assembly, from among 193 member countries.

    (3) Japan has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council 10 times so far (the most frequent member along with Brazil).


(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)