United Nations Security Council

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of six main parts of the United Nations. The Security Council deals with maintaining peace and security between nations.

Membership[change | change source]

There are 15 members of the UNSC but only five are permanent members. They are:

The ten temporary seats are held for two years with member states (countries) voted in by the United Nations General Assembly on a regional basis. The Presidency of the Security Council (i.e. the leadership) is rotated alphabetically each month. As of 2014, the 10 temporary members are:[1]

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Chad
  4. Chile
  5. Jordan
  6. Lithuania
  7. Luxembourg
  8. Nigeria
  9. Rwanda
  10. South Korea

Powers[change | change source]

If a country has behaved in a way seen as bad, the UNSC can make a ruling, known as United Nations Security Council Resolutions or sanctions. An example is that the UNSC has currently banned all imports of nuclear material to Iran as they feel Iran is going to make nuclear weapons. However, Germany has also conferenced with the permanent UN Security Council members about this issue. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is the most powerful part of the United Nations. The Security Council deals with maintaining peace and security between nations.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Members of the UNSC". United Nations. http://www.un.org/en/sc/members/. Retrieved 9 March 2014.

See Also[change | change source]