Ghana has been elected to the United Nations Security Council, a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Friday.
The country is to serve a two year-term as a non-permanent member from January 1, 2022, until December 31, 2023.
A UN General Assembly vote saw Ghana securing a landslide vote of 185 out of 190 votes cast.
“Ghana obtained the highest number of votes compared to the four other Member States that were elected, further cementing Ghana’s high standing in the comity of nations,” the statement signed by Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey explained.
Other nations who were nominated for voting to serve non-permanent roles on the UN Security Council include Gabon, Albania, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates, but Ghnas trumped them all.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said the country expects to, “work closely with all the new members of the Council when Ghana’s tenure commences in January 2022,’ and that she will, “work assiduously to assist in addressing the conflicts on the continent and sustain the peace the people of Africa need.”
“Ghana will also use her tenure on the Security Council to seek for a stronger and deeper collaboration and cooperation between the United Nations and regional bodies in a manner that enhances complementarity and ensures the effectiveness of coordinated action,” she said.
Every year, five countries are elected to the 15-member Council as non-permanent members for a two-year term, according to a geographical rotation set by the General Assembly in 1963, to ensure fair regional representation: five from African and Asian and Pacific States; one from Eastern Europe; two from the Latin American States; and two from Western European and Other States (WEOG).