Ghana has once again joined the U.N. Security Council with four other new members on Tuesday January 4, 2022. The other countries are Albania, Brazil, Gabon and the United Arab Emirates.
These countries joined as Estonia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam finished their terms last Friday.
Ambassadors made brief remarks, installed their countries’ flags alongside those of other members outside the council chambers, and posed for a group photo wearing face masks and standing apart, in an acknowledgment of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The 15-member council is the United Nations’ most powerful body. Russia, China, France,the United States and the United Kingdom are permanent members, with veto power.
Other members are elected by the 193-member General Assembly for two-year terms.
Gabon and Ghana each have been on the council three times before and the UAE once, while Albania is joining for the first time.
Council members also can convene meetings on security topics of particular interest to them, and smaller countries get to share a prominent platform with world powers.
Since the establishment of this council in 1946, more than 50 of the U.N.’s 193 member nations have never been elected to the council