Kazakhstan was elected this afternoon to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member, beating Thailand after a second round of voting to join Sweden, Ethiopia and Bolivia for a two-year term beginning on January 1st 2017.
Kazakhstan becomes the first ever Central Asian country to be elected to the Security Council.
“Kazakhstan is incredibly proud to have been chosen to represent Asia as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. As the first Central Asian country to be afforded the honour, we will bring our unique perspective and expertise to bear on the challenges that the council faces,” Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov said following the vote.
The 193-member UN General Assembly gathered in the New York City headquarters to elect Kazakhstan with 138 votes, while Thailand gathered 55 votes in the Asian-Pacific group. Italy and The Netherlands look set to share the final seat.
Read more about Kazakhstan’s UNSC bid and its main policy priorities here.