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In a remarkable diplomatic achievement, Pakistan has been elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the term beginning January 1, 2025. Garnering 182 votes out of the 193-member General Assembly, Pakistan far surpassed the required two-thirds majority of 124 votes. This victory marks Pakistan’s eighth term on the Council, replacing Japan in the Asian seat.

A Resounding Victory

The General Assembly hall resounded with applause as President Dennis Francis announced the winners of the five non-permanent seats. Alongside Pakistan, Denmark, Greece, Panama, and Somalia were also elected, replacing Japan, Ecuador, Malta, Mozambique, and Switzerland. Munir Akram, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, expressed his elation and highlighted the international community’s confidence in Pakistan’s diplomatic abilities.


Key Priorities for Pakistan

As it prepares to join the UNSC, Pakistan has outlined several key priorities:

Promoting Peace and Security in South Asia: Pakistan aims to play a pivotal role in fostering stability and peace in the region, focusing on conflict prevention and peaceful conflict resolution.

Upholding Self-Determination for Palestine and Kashmir: Emphasizing the principles of self-determination, Pakistan seeks to advocate for the rights of the Palestinian and Kashmiri people.

Normalization in Afghanistan: Pakistan is committed to promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan, supporting initiatives for normalization and reconstruction.

Addressing Security Challenges in Africa: Pakistan plans to engage actively in seeking equitable solutions to the continent’s security challenges.

Enhancing UN Peacekeeping Operations: As a long-standing contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, Pakistan aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of these operations.

Historical Contributions and Future Goals

Pakistan’s previous terms on the UNSC were marked by significant contributions to global peace and security. With over 4,000 troops and personnel currently deployed in UN peacekeeping missions worldwide, Pakistan’s role has been crucial in maintaining international stability. Munir Akram stated that during its term, Pakistan will pay special attention to enhancing peacekeeping operations and addressing global security concerns.

Global Implications

Pakistan’s election to the UNSC comes at a crucial time, with the international community facing numerous security challenges. As a non-permanent member, Pakistan will join the five permanent members — the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and France — and the five non-permanent members elected last year: Algeria, Guyana, South Korea, Sierra Leone, and Slovenia.

Looking Ahead

Pakistan’s election to the UNSC is a testament to its diplomatic prowess and commitment to global peace. By focusing on its outlined priorities, Pakistan aims to make substantial contributions to the Council’s work, promoting peace, security, and cooperation on an international scale.

Diplomatic milestone

Pakistan’s election to the UNSC represents a significant diplomatic milestone. With a clear set of priorities and a history of active participation in global peacekeeping, Pakistan is poised to play a crucial role in addressing international security challenges and fostering global cooperation. As the world watches, Pakistan’s actions on the UNSC will be instrumental in shaping the future of international diplomacy and security.

Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Waseem Shahzad Qadri
Islamabad based Senior Journalist, TV Show Host, Media Trainer, can be follow on twitter @jaranwaliya

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