India will be part of the powerful UNSC for two years beginning January 1, along with the five permanent members- the US, China, France, Russia and the UK.
India was elected to chair the most powerful committee of the United Nations on Wednesday Night. As a non-permanent member in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), India is the only country from the Asia-Pacific category to be elected for a two-year term.
India clinched a massive victory after winning 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly. The minimum requirement to get elected was 128 votes. India has been a prominent member of the UNSC in the past in 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and 2011-2012.
Deeply grateful for the overwhelming support shown by the global community for India's membership of the @UN Security Council. India will work with all member countries to promote global peace, security, resilience and equity.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 18, 2020
Due to the global pandemic, the election was held in a careful manner. All diplomats returned to the UN headquarters in New York wearing masks and followed physical distancing to cast their votes.
Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the UNSC elections and will be appearing with other non-permanent members Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam.
Member States elect India to the non-permanent seat of the Security Council for the term 2021-22 with overwhelming support.
India gets 184 out of the 192 valid votes polled. pic.twitter.com/Vd43CN41cY
— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) June 17, 2020
However, the committee shall return today to resume voting to fill one more unfilled seat after there was no clear winner.