1. Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat

Italy, Netherlands and Sweden vie for Security Council seat

Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden are all making their cases for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

By: | United Nations | Published: May 25, 2016 2:31 PM
All 193 member states will vote for the candidates on June 20. (Reuters) All 193 member states will vote for the candidates on June 20. (Reuters)

Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden are all making their cases for why they should be elected to a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

The three countries on Tuesday vied for two open seats reserved for the Western group on the 15-member council, with their ambassadors explaining what they planned to do if elected to a two-year term beginning in 2017.

The open debate, which included questions from member states and non-governmental organizations, marks a change in the way the United Nations selects countries for the 10 non-permanent seats on the U.N.’s most powerful body. in prior elections the debates were held behind closed doors.

All 193 member states will vote for the candidates on June 20.

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