Kuwait takes UN Security Council Presidency

A UN Security Council meeting (Photo: AFP/VNA) Mansour Al-Otaibi, permanent representative of Kuwait to the UN, told a media conference that Kuwait has chosen “as its centre piece a ministerial-level briefing on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter in the maintenance of international peace and security, with the Secretary-General as the main speaker.” The presidency of the Council is held by each of the 15 members in turn for one month, following the English alphabetical order of the Member States names. It is the second time that Kuwait holds the Council Presidency, with the first being in February 1979. Kuwait first joined the United Nations in 1963 and was granted membership at the Security Council in 1978 and 1979. Since its membership, the State of Kuwait has made significant contributions to the work of the UN, and has been an active partner, working closely to promote the noble principles and purposes of the UN Charter. The Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the UN has been responsible for carrying out the State of Kuwait’s participation. The Security Council is one of the six main organs of the UN, which also include the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council, the Trusteeship Council, the International Court of Justice and the UN Secretariat. All six organs were established in 1954. Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 members, and each member has one vote. Under… [Read full story]


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