Colombia Seeks A Slot On The UN Security Council
By Dialogo August 23, 2010
Colombia announced that it has the support of seventy countries to seek a slot on the UN Security Council and designated as its new ambassador to that organization Néstor Osorio, who has ties to the coffee sector.
The announcement was made by President Juan Manuel Santos, who said that he will visit Brazil at the beginning of September, in his first foreign trip as president of Colombia.
“We now have seventy countries that are supporting Colombia to take a seat on the (UN) Security Council; this is a very significant position,” he assured reporters.
Osorio serves as executive director of the International Coffee Organization, headquartered in London, and has held diplomatic positions representing Colombia under previous administrations.
Santos said that in September he will also attend the United Nations General Assembly, at which Colombia, together with China and Ghana, will address the assembly about the Millennium Development Goals.
The Security Council is an organ of the United Nations that has the fundamental responsibility of maintaining peace and security around the world through peaceful means.
The Council has fifteen members: five permanent and ten elected by the General Assembly for two-year terms.
The permanent members are China, the United States, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom.