Guyana has secured a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. At a meeting of the Security Council this morning for the election of five new non-permanent members, Guyana picked up a total 191 votes, landing the seat for Latin America and Caribbean states.
With 192 members of the United Nations casting their votes, Guyana was the only nominee for the Latin America and Caribbean group and picked up 191 votes. There was one abstention.
As the results were announced, Guyana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hugh Todd and Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Carolyn Rodrigues were seen giving each other hi-fives as they were congratulated by their support staff and country representatives of the United Nations.
The UN Security Council deals with the maintenance of international peace and security, and holds the authority to adopt legally binding resolutions, deploy peacekeeping missions and impose sanctions.
During his address to the UN General Assembly last year, President Irfaan Ali announced Guyana’s candidacy for the UN Security Council.
Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are the permanent members of the UN Security Council. Non-permanent members are elected to serve a term of two years. The new term begins in January 2024.
With Guyana’s standing in the international community gaining more prominence, thanks to to the growing oil sector, the Government has been stepping up the country’s presence and role in a number of international organisations.