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Ethiopia to assume presidency of UN Security Council next month

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Ethiopia will assume the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council next month, the East African country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday.Ethiopia took its seat as a non-permanent member at the Council in January after securing 185 out of the 190 votes in the election held in June last year.

Ethiopia will take over the Presidency from Egypt.

The major events being planned for September under the Ethiopian Presidency includes the 11th Annual Joint Consultative Meeting of the UNSC and the AUPSC at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on 7 and 8 September 2017.

A High Level Open Debate on the reform of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations will also be held on 20th September 2017.

Ethiopia is one of the leading troop contributing countries to United Nations peacekeeping and it attaches great importance to the reform and strengthening of UN Peacekeeping to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century.

The UN Security Council is composed of five permanent members – China, US, UK, France and Russian Federation – and 10 non-permanent members.

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