India set to get Security Council seat

India set to get Security Council seat

India is expecting an easy win since Kazakhstan had pulled out from the race earlier this year and there is no other challenger from the region. While the Asian, African and Latin American seats are going uncontested with only one candidate each, the two seats for Western Europe and Others Group are being fought for by Canada, Germany and Portugal.
South Africa is a shoo-in for the African seat, which leads to a configuration of three emerging economies – India, Brazil and South Africa – being on the Council at the same time.

In the run-up to the elections, Indian envoy to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri pointed out that the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations will occupy places in the Security Council in the coming year, and could present a united front on several contentious international issues.

Indian diplomats have been canvassing for the spot for the past three years. To win, India needs two-thirds of the General Assembly vote, which adds up to about 128 giving the green light to India.

The five new countries will be replacing Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda. Colombia is expected to come in place of Mexico.

Meanwhile, India is also pushing for the Security Council reform and hoping that change comes in the next two years while it is already in the Council. If Germany wins, then all four members of the G4 (India, Brazil, Japan and Germany), which want to become permanent members, will be on the Council.