While their two-year term officially started on Jan. 1, Monday is the first working day of the council for 2021 after the Christmas and New Year break. A flag installation ceremony was held to mark the start of their responsibilities.
Kazakh UN ambassador Magzhan Ilyassov, who presided over the ceremony, congratulated the five new members and wished them success in realizing their priorities in their two-year term, which he described as "two crucial years of modern history."
“2021 is a year of hope for all countries... International peace, security, and sustainable development in 2021 will largely depend on the decisions of the UN and the Security Council with its permanent and non-permanent members,” he said.
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The representatives of the five countries made short speeches before they installed their respective national flags outside the Security Council Chamber. The new members replaced Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia, and South Africa.
The 15-member Security Council has five permanent members -- Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States, and 10 non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the UN General Assembly. Five non-permanent members are replaced every year.
Estonia, Niger, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia, and Vietnam are in the middle of their two-year term as non-permanent members.