Germany wants to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council
International Business News – In a speech at the general debate of the UN General Assembly on 20 December, German Chancellor Gerhard Scholz said Germany wants to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council and asked for support for Germany’s candidacy, according to comprehensive media reports by RIA Novosti and Agence France-Presse.
Scholz said, “Germany is ready to assume greater responsibility by becoming a permanent member – first and foremost a non-permanent member for the years 2027 to 2028. I ask you to support our candidacy – the candidacy of a country that respects the principles of the United Nations and offers and seeks cooperation.”
German media described it as Scholz’s first appearance as German chancellor at the UN General Assembly in New York, accompanied by Foreign Minister Berke. In his speech, Scholz also said, “We must adapt our rules and institutions to the realities of the 21st century, which often reflect the world of 30, 50 or 70 years ago. And that applies to the UN Security Council as well.”
The general debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly kicked off on the 20th at the UN Headquarters in New York. Heads of State and Government and high-level representatives will discuss solutions to major issues and challenges of common concern to the international community, including the situation in Ukraine, climate change, the new pneumonia epidemic and the multiple crises caused by many factors, global development and UN reform.
The Security Council is one of the most important bodies of the United Nations and is responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security. The Council has 15 members, of which China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are permanent members, and the remaining 10 members are non-permanent members.
The non-permanent members are elected by the General Assembly of the United Nations by secret ballot, and all candidates must receive at least two-thirds of the total votes cast by the General Assembly in order to be elected for a two-year term, with five members replaced each year by election, and cannot be re-elected.