Tuesday 15 June 2021
Member states of the United Nations General Assembly elected the United Arab Emirates to serve on the UN Security Council alongside Albania, Brazil, Gabon, and Ghana for the term 2022-2023.
The UAE has been a member of the UN since the country’s founding in 1971 and has held a seat on the Security Council once before in 1986-1987.
The UAE’s campaign for a seat on the Security Council was anchored by the country’s national and international commitments to advance inclusion, spur innovation, build resilience, and secure peace. At a moment of increasing polarization, the UAE’s candidature was based on its belief in building bridges to foster relationships among Council members and renew member states’ confidence in the Council’s ability to be relevant and effective in responding to increasingly complex and daunting threats to global peace and security.
The UAE received endorsements by the League of Arab States in 2012 and by the Asia-Pacific Group in June 2020. The UAE launched its campaign in September 2020 and held virtual briefings with various regional groups of member states to the UN. These meetings reinforced the UAE’s strong relationship with partners and reaffirmed its steadfast commitment to proactively listen to, learn from, and reflect the views of the entire UN membership while serving on the Council.