- Netherlands hopes after years of preparatory lobbying dragging within a temporary seat on the UN Security Council. Tuesday vote 193 members of the United Nations on the five new members of the Security Council for the years 2017-2018.
The competitors are Sweden and Italy. For the region Netherlands sits two seats available. One country is therefore outside the boat.
The government has in recent days held a final offensive to get the temporary seat. Both Minister Bert Koenders (Foreign Affairs) and Minister Lilianne Ploumen (Foreign Trade and Development) had traveled to New York for the last lobbying.
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The Security Council is the most powerful UN body. A seat on the Security Council (US, Russia, China, France and Britain are permanent members, rotate the other ten members) is prestigious and will influence it.
The institution focuses on the preservation of international peace and security. It can impose sanctions, peacekeepers deploy and influence policy.