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2007 United Nations 2009
United Nations Security Council election, 2008
5 (of 10) non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council
17 October 2008
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Security Council after 2008 elections.

Incumbent Members
 South Africa (Africa)
 Indonesia (Asia)
 Panama (LatAm&Car)
 Belgium (WEOG)
 Italy (WEOG)

New Members
 Uganda (Africa)
 Japan (Asia)
 Mexico (LatAm&Car)
 Turkey (WEOG)
 Austria (WEOG)

Unsuccessful candidates
 Iran (Asia)
 Iceland (WEOG)

The 2008 United Nations Security Council election was held on 17 October 2008 during the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at UN Headquarters in New York City. The elections were held for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 2009.[1]

In accordance with the Security Council's rotation rules, the ten non-permanent Security Council seats rotate among the regional blocs into which UN member states traditionally divide themselves for voting and representation purposes. All five contests were won on the first ballot. The five available seats were allocated as follows:

These five member states are currently serving on the Security Council for the 2009–10 period.


Elected members

The five elected members after the 2008 elections are:[2]

Both Mexico and Uganda ran unopposed for their seats within their regional groups, while Japan faced competition in the Asian region from Iran, and Austria and Turkey in the Western European and Others region had opposition from Iceland.[3]

The election of Japan as a member of the Security Council marks the nation's tenth time there, the longest tenure of any nation excluding its permanent members.[4]

Detailed results

Both Iceland and Iran were contending for spots on the Council. Iceland was considered an unlikely choice for the Western European and Others Group, and its recent financial crisis further hurt its chances.[5]

Iran lost the Asia seat to Japan. Japan is the second-largest financial contributor to the UN and is thought by many to be a candidate for a permanent Security Council seat. [6] Iran, by contrast, has had Security Council sanctions imposed on it for its nuclear program.

Voting was by secret ballot. The official UN results showed:[7]

  • 192 ballot papers were distributed in each election.
  • For the two African and Asian seats the votes were: Uganda 181; Japan 158; Iran 32; Madagascar (not a candidate) 2; and one country completely abstaining.
  • For the one Latin American and Caribbean seat the votes were: Mexico 185; Brazil (not a candidate) 1; and six countries abstaining.
  • For the two Western European and Other seats the votes were: Turkey 151; Austria 133; Iceland 87; Australia (not a candidate) 1; no country completely abstained from voting.
  • Since the winners each received more than two-thirds of the non-abstaining votes, there were no further rounds of voting.

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