India is assured of a seat in the non-permanent category of the UN Security Council. India is all set to win the seat because it is the sole contender for the Asia Pacific seat in the non-permanent category. The General Assembly will hold elections for the five non-permanent members of the Security Council on June 17 under the new voting arrangements due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Council. Canada, Ireland and Norway are vying for two seats in Western Europe and other countries category. Mexico is the only candidate for the one Latin America and Caribbean seat and Kenya and Djibouti will contest the seat available for the African group.
The 2021-22 term will be critical for India which has been pushing efforts to reform the Security Council and seek a permanent membership of the Council. Support for India has been increasing with number of countries advocating that the current UNSC does not represent the geo-political realities of the 21st Century.
According to the decision, the elections of non-permanent members to the Security Council and the election of members to the Economic and Social Council will be held simultaneously without a plenary meeting, according to officials.