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IRELAND - United Nations Security Council 2021-2022

Ireland is seeking an elected seat on the UN Security Council in June 2020 for the 2021-2022 term. Our campaign is premised on three themes: Empathy, Partnership and Independence.

On Monday 2 July 2018 in New York, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. took part in a series of events marking the launch of Ireland’s campaign for an elected seat on the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term. The Taoiseach was accompanied by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D.

Our bid for a seat on the Council is an important element of Global Ireland 2025, the recently launched strategy to double the scale and impact of Ireland’s international presence. Ireland goes forward for election to the Security Council at roughly 20 year intervals. We are competing with Canada and Norway for one of two seats available.

While in New York, the Taoiseach participated in a ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s participation in UN peacekeeping operations and pay tribute to the 88 members of the Defence Forces who lost their lives while on UN service.

The Taoiseach and Tánaiste also officially launched Ireland’s campaign at UN headquarters with a special event celebrating Irish food, music, heritage and culture. The launch was supported by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and U2’s Bono and was held on the UN’s North Lawn, beside the ‘Arrival’ sculpture, by Irish artist John Behan, which was gifted to the UN by Ireland in 2000.

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For more information, please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs website.