Ghana has been elected to the United Nations(UN) Security Council for the term 2022-2023.
The West African nation secured a seat after Friday’s elections.
Ghana had the highest number of votes – 185 out of the 190 ballots cast. The required majority was 125.
Gabon – 183
UAE – 179
DRC – 3
Iran – 1
Ghana’s Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said: “Ghana will use its membership to pursue conflict prevention, post-conflict reconstruction and strengthening of governance, leveraging on our previous and current experience as Chair of ECOWAS as well as our active membership of AU”.
Six member states—Albania, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates— contested for the five available seats at the UN Security Council.
The DRC, Gabon, and Ghana were contesting the two African Group seats, while the other three candidates were running unopposed.
Five out of the six candidates have served on the council previously: Brazil has served ten times; Gabon and Ghana both three times; the DRC twice and the United Arab Emirates once. Albania has never served on the council.