Canada falls short in bid for coveted seat on UN Security Council

Permanent Representatives of various countries to the United Nations during a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday

Permanent Representatives of various countries to the United Nations during a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday

Neither Kenya nor Djibouti - both competing for a seat representing the Africa region - achieved enough votes to gain a place on the council.

Five new members - India, Ireland, Mexico, Norway and Kenya - will join the UNSC on January 1, 2021, for a two-year term replacing Indonesia, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Belgium and Germany.

For a second straight attempt, Canada's bid to earn a seat on the United Nations Security Council fell short today.

Trudeau had placed many resources behind a multi-year campaign to secure one of the seats.

Prior to 2010, Canada had won a spot on the UN Security Council six times in a row.

Norway and Ireland declared their candidacies for the two temporary seats on the council years before the Liberals were elected in 2015, after which Trudeau announced Canada's intention to run.

Fearing fraud or manipulation, the General Assembly did not vote electronically, even though the United Nations is mostly operating virtually until the end of July due to the coronavirus pandemic. As guided by the #PGA, we will have a 2nd round of voting..."said the Ambassador".

The elections for non-permanent seats of the UN's most powerful are often routine annual events.

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India is expected to get a clear win in the elections having been endorsed by Asian states which do not have any other candidate.

She said that the UN Charter has entrusted the Security Council with primary responsibility for the maintenance of global peace and security.

"As we move forward, we remain committed to the goals and principles that we laid out during this campaign", Trudeau said in a statement, adding that Canada would "continue to play a vital role in advancing global cooperation and building a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world".

Speaking in Dublin, Ireland's Prime Minister said its victory "underpins Ireland's place in the world as a global island, with a clear and tangible ambition to play a central role in contributing to worldwide peace and security".

India's UN Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti said the country "will become a member of the Security Council at a critical juncture and we are confident that in the COVID and in post-COVID world India will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system". "I was hoping we would, and we certainly worked hard to do it". "A vote for Kenya is a vote for multilateralism", President Kenyatta rallied the envoys.

"We congratulate Ireland, Norway and Mexico on their election to the Council".

They also elected - unopposed - Turkish diplomat Volkan Bozkir as the president of the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

But Armenia, Cyprus and Greece - all of which have historically tense relations with Turkey - have opposed him, meaning he can not be elected by consensus and nations will have to cast votes.

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