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Nepal to file candidacy for UNSC non-permanent seat

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Kathmandu: Nepal government has decided to file candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the 15-member at the United Nations Security Council(UNSC) for the 2037-38 term.

UNSC has five permanent members(China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States of America) and 10 non-permanent members elected by the General Assembly for a period of two years.

Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Mr. Gokul Prasad Baskota said that the government had directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to rally support for Nepal’s candidature from today itself. Nepal had filed its candidacy in 2006 but could not win a seat in the most powerful body of the UN system.

Meanwhile, spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Mr.Bharat Raj Paudyal said the ministry would soon file its candidacy at the UN.  The countries that wanted to win non-permanent member seat in the UNSC needed 10-15 years to run their campaigns to win the seat. He added that some countries have filed their candidacy for 2054-55. It is not unusual for us to file our candidacy for 2037-38.

Nepal had served in the UNSC as a non-permanent member in 1969–1970 and 1988–1989.

Source: THT