Addis Ababa, January 2, 2017 (FBC) – Ethiopia has officially begun its two-year term as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) yesterday.
The United Nations General Assembly elected Ethiopia as non-permanent member to the Security Council in a secret ballot held last June at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Ethiopia was elected with 185 votes out of 190 members of the General Assembly.
A seat on the Security Council is an important achievement because it gives a country a strong voice in matters dealing with international peace and security.
Ethiopia is one of the founding members of the United Nations and has contributed considerably to the drawing up of the principles of the United Nations Charter.
It has, however, only twice served on the Security Council before, 1967-1968 and 1989-1990.
In addition to Ethiopia, Bolivia, Italy, Kazakhstan and Sweden have also begun their two-year term as non-permanent members yesterday.