Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, And Uganda Assume Their Seats On The United Nations Security Council.
The 2008 United Nations Security Council election was held on 17 October 2008 during the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, held at UN Headquarters in New York City.
The elections were held for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council for two-year mandates commencing on 1 January 2009.
In accordance with the Security Council's rotation rules, the ten non-permanent Security Council seats rotate among the regional blocs into which UN member states traditionally divide themselves for voting and representation purposes. All five contests were won on the first ballot. The five available seats were allocated as follows:
* One for Africa, held by South Africa
* One for Asia, held by Indonesia .
* Two for the Western European and Others Group, held by Belgium and Italy.
* One for Latin America and the Caribbean, held by Panama.
These five member states are currently serving on the Security Council for the 2009–10 period.
The five elected members after the 2008 elections are:
* Uganda for Africa, replacing South Africa.
* Japan for Asia, replacing Indonesia.
* Mexico for Latin America and the Caribbean, replacing Panama.
* Turkey for the Western European and Others Group, replacing Belgium.
* Austria for the Western European and Others Group, replacing Italy.