The Green Papers Worldwide
Past PRESIDENCIES of the
United Nations SECURITY COUNCIL


The United Nations Member-State occupying the President's chair in the UN Security Council changes with each new month in the Gregorian [Western] Calendar and is determined solely by the alphabetical order (by official United Nations designation of a given country in English) of all members of the Council seated therein in a given calendar year (the five Permanent Members of the Security Council [which appear in boldface (and are also marked with an *) in the table which follows] gain no special advantage in this regard by virtue of being Permanent Members: their Presidency month comes whenever their official UN name in English happens to come up in sequence re: the alphabetical listing, no differently than the non-Permanent members of the Council who are serving only two-year terms thereon).

In addition, the alphabetical list of UN Security Council Presidencies does not at all "reset" with the end of one calendar year and the start of the next year; when non-Permanent members newly chosen by the UN General Assembly first take their seats on the Security Council to start their own respective two-year terms on that body, their alphabetical position as regards the upcoming monthly Presidencies for that year is solely determined by their relationship to the last monthly President of the previous year (whether that last President is still on the Council or not) as well as to all the other members of the Council (Permanent and non-Permanent) for that particular year: thus, for example, Singapore- although new to the Council in January 2001- immediately took the President's chair because its name happen to follow that of the President for December 2000, the Russian Federation (a Permanent Member), in the alphabetical order of members of the Security Council for 2001. Likewise, Mali took the President's chair in the final month of its two-year term on the Security Council (December 2001) while Mexico then took the Presidency of the Council in only its second month on that body (February 2002) [Mauritius, in the middle of its two-year term on the Council, was Security Council President in between Mali and Mexico- totally unaffected by the former's departure and the latter's having newly arrived].


 
YEARMonthPRESIDENT of UN Security Council
1946
(Note 1946)
Jan/FebAustralia
Feb/MarBrazil
Mar/AprChina*
Apr/MayEgypt
May/JuneFrance*
June/JulyMexico
July/AugNetherlands
Aug/SeptPoland
Sept/OctUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
Oct/NovUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
Nov/DecUnited States of America*
1947
(Note 1947)
JanuaryAustralia
FebruaryBelgium
MarchBrazil
AprilChina*
MayColombia
JuneFrance*
JulyPoland
AugustSyria
SeptemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
OctoberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
NovemberUnited States of America*
DecemberAustralia
1948JanuaryBelgium
FebruaryCanada
MarchChina*
AprilColombia
MayFrance*
JuneSyria
JulyUkrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
AugustUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
SeptemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
OctoberUnited States of America*
NovemberArgentina
DecemberBelgium
1949JanuaryCanada
FebruaryChina*
MarchCuba
AprilEgypt
MayFrance*
JuneNorway
JulyUkrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
AugustUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
SeptemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
OctoberUnited States of America*
NovemberArgentina
DecemberCanada
1950JanuaryChina*
FebruaryCuba
MarchEcuador
AprilEgypt
MayFrance*
JuneIndia
JulyNorway
AugustUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
SeptemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
OctoberUnited States of America*
NovemberYugoslavia
DecemberChina*
1951JanuaryEcuador
FebruaryFrance*
MarchIndia
AprilNetherlands
MayTurkey
JuneUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
JulyUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AugustUnited States of America*
SeptemberYugoslavia
OctoberBrazil
NovemberChina*
DecemberEcuador
1952JanuaryFrance*
FebruaryGreece
MarchNetherlands
AprilPakistan
MayTurkey
JuneUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
JulyUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AugustUnited States of America*
SeptemberBrazil
OctoberChile
NovemberChina*
DecemberFrance*
1953JanuaryGreece
FebruaryLebanon
MarchPakistan
AprilUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MayUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
JuneUnited States of America*
JulyChile
AugustChina*
SeptemberColombia
OctoberDenmark
NovemberFrance*
DecemberGreece
1954JanuaryLebanon
FebruaryNew Zealand
MarchTurkey
AprilUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MayUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
JuneUnited States of America*
JulyBrazil
AugustChina*
SeptemberColombia
OctoberDenmark
NovemberFrance*
DecemberLebanon
1955JanuaryNew Zealand
FebruaryPeru
MarchTurkey
AprilUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MayUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
JuneUnited States of America*
JulyBelgium
AugustBrazil
SeptemberChina*
OctoberFrance*
NovemberIran
DecemberNew Zealand
1956JanuaryPeru
FebruaryUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MarchUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AprilUnited States of America*
MayYugoslavia
JuneAustralia
JulyBelgium
AugustChina*
SeptemberCuba
OctoberFrance*
NovemberIran
DecemberPeru
1957JanuaryPhilippines
FebruarySweden
MarchUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
AprilUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
MayUnited States of America*
JuneAustralia
JulyChina*
AugustColombia
SeptemberCuba
OctoberFrance*
NovemberIraq
DecemberPhilippines
1958JanuarySweden
FebruaryUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MarchUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AprilUnited States of America*
MayCanada
JuneChina*
JulyColombia
AugustFrance*
SeptemberIraq
OctoberJapan
NovemberPanama
DecemberSweden
1959JanuaryTunisia
FebruaryUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MarchUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AprilUnited States of America*
MayArgentina
JuneCanada
JulyChina*
AugustFrance*
SeptemberItaly
OctoberJapan
NovemberPanama
DecemberTunisia
1960JanuaryUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
FebruaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
MarchUnited States of America*
AprilArgentina
MayCeylon
JuneChina*
JulyEcuador
AugustFrance*
SeptemberItaly
OctoberPoland
NovemberTunisia
DecemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
1961January(Note 1961/1962) United Arab Republic [=Egypt & Syria together]
FebruaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
MarchUnited States of America*
AprilCeylon
MayChile
JuneChina*
JulyEcuador
AugustFrance*
SeptemberLiberia
OctoberTurkey
NovemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
December(Note 1961/1962) United Arab Republic [=Egypt alone]
1962JanuaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
FebruaryUnited States of America*
MarchVenezuela
AprilChile
MayChina*
JuneFrance*
JulyGhana
AugustIreland
SeptemberRomania
OctoberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
November(Note 1961/1962) United Arab Republic [=Egypt]
DecemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
1963JanuaryUnited States of America*
FebruaryVenezuela
MarchBrazil
AprilChina*
MayFrance*
JuneGhana
JulyMorocco
AugustNorway
SeptemberPhilippines
OctoberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
NovemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
DecemberUnited States of America*
1964JanuaryBolivia
FebruaryBrazil
MarchChina*
AprilCzechoslovakia
MayFrance*
JuneIvory Coast
JulyMorocco
AugustNorway
SeptemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
OctoberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
NovemberUnited States of America*
DecemberBolivia
1965JanuaryChina*
FebruaryFrance*
MarchIvory Coast
AprilJordan
MayMalaysia
JuneNetherlands
JulyUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
AugustUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
SeptemberUnited States of America*
OctoberUruguay
NovemberBolivia
DecemberChina*
1966
(Note 1966)
JanuaryFrance*
FebruaryJapan
MarchJordan
AprilMali
MayNetherlands
JuneNew Zealand
JulyNigeria
AugustUganda
SeptemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
OctoberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
NovemberUnited States of America*
DecemberUruguay
1967JanuaryArgentina
FebruaryBrazil
MarchBulgaria
AprilCanada
MayChina*
JuneDenmark
JulyEthiopia
AugustFrance*
SeptemberIndia
OctoberJapan
NovemberMali
DecemberNigeria
1968JanuaryPakistan
FebruaryParaguay
MarchSenegal
AprilUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MayUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
JuneUnited States of America*
JulyAlgeria
AugustBrazil
SeptemberCanada
OctoberChina*
NovemberDenmark
DecemberEthiopia
1969JanuaryFinland
FebruaryFrance*
MarchHungary
AprilNepal
MayPakistan
JuneParaguay
JulySenegal
AugustSpain
SeptemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
OctoberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
NovemberUnited States of America*
DecemberZambia
1970JanuaryBurundi
FebruaryChina*
MarchColombia
AprilFinland
MayFrance*
JuneNepal
JulyNicaragua
AugustPoland
SeptemberSierra Leone
OctoberSpain
NovemberSyria
DecemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
1971JanuaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
FebruaryUnited States of America*
MarchArgentina
AprilBelgium
MayBurundi
June(Note 1971) China*
JulyFrance*
AugustItaly
SeptemberJapan
OctoberNicaragua
NovemberPoland
DecemberSierra Leone
1972JanuarySomalia
FebruarySudan
MarchUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
AprilUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
MayUnited States of America*
JuneYugoslavia
JulyArgentina
AugustBelgium
September(Note 1972) China*
OctoberFrance*
NovemberGuinea
DecemberIndia
1973JanuaryIndonesia
FebruaryKenya
MarchPanama
AprilPeru
MaySudan
JuneUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
JulyUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AugustUnited States of America*
SeptemberYugoslavia
OctoberAustralia
NovemberAustria
DecemberChina*
1974JanuaryCosta Rica
FebruaryFrance*
MarchIndonesia
AprilIraq
MayKenya
JuneMauritania
JulyPeru
AugustUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
SeptemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
OctoberUnited Republic of Cameroon
NovemberUnited States of America*
DecemberAustralia
1975JanuaryByelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
FebruaryChina*
MarchCosta Rica
AprilFrance*
MayGuyana
JuneIraq
JulyItaly
AugustJapan
SeptemberMauritania
OctoberSweden
NovemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
DecemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
1976JanuaryUnited Republic of Tanzania
FebruaryUnited States of America*
MarchBenin
AprilChina*
MayFrance*
JuneGuyana
JulyItaly
AugustJapan
September(Note 1976/1977) Libyan Arab Republic
OctoberPakistan
NovemberPanama
DecemberRomania
1977JanuaryUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
FebruaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
MarchUnited States of America*
AprilVenezuela
MayBenin
JuneCanada
JulyChina*
AugustFrance*
SeptemberGermany: Federal Republic [=West Germany]
OctoberIndia
November(Note 1976/1977) Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
DecemberMauritius
1978JanuaryNigeria
FebruaryUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MarchUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AprilUnited States of America*
MayVenezuela
JuneBolivia
JulyCanada
AugustChina*
SeptemberCzechoslovakia
OctoberFrance*
NovemberGabon
DecemberGermany: Federal Republic [=West Germany]
1979JanuaryJamaica
FebruaryKuwait
MarchNigeria
AprilNorway
MayPortugal
JuneUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
JulyUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AugustUnited States of America*
SeptemberZambia
OctoberBangladesh
NovemberBolivia
DecemberChina*
1980JanuaryFrance*
FebruaryGerman Democratic Republic [=East Germany]
MarchJamaica
AprilMexico
MayNiger
JuneNorway
JulyPhilippines
AugustPortugal
SeptemberTunisia
OctoberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
NovemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
DecemberUnited States of America*
1981JanuaryChina*
FebruaryFrance*
MarchGerman Democratic Republic [=East Germany]
AprilIreland
MayJapan
JuneMexico
JulyNiger
AugustPanama
SeptemberPhilippines
OctoberSpain
NovemberTunisia
DecemberUganda
1982JanuaryUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
FebruaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
MarchUnited States of America*
AprilZaïre
MayChina*
JuneFrance*
JulyGuyana
AugustIreland
SeptemberJapan
OctoberJordan
NovemberPanama
DecemberPoland
1983JanuaryTogo
FebruaryUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MarchUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AprilUnited States of America*
MayZaïre
JuneZimbabwe
JulyChina*
AugustFrance*
SeptemberGuyana
OctoberJordan
NovemberMalta
DecemberNetherlands
1984JanuaryNicaragua
FebruaryPakistan
MarchPeru
AprilUkrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
MayUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
JuneUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
JulyUnited States of America*
August(Note 1984) Upper Volta
SeptemberZimbabwe
October(Note 1984) Burkina Faso
NovemberChina*
DecemberEgypt
1985JanuaryFrance*
FebruaryIndia
MarchMadagascar
AprilPeru
MayThailand
JuneTrinidad and Tobago
JulyUkrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
AugustUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
SeptemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
OctoberUnited States of America*
NovemberAustralia
DecemberBurkina Faso
1986JanuaryChina*
FebruaryCongo
MarchDenmark
AprilFrance*
MayGhana
JuneMadagascar
JulyThailand
AugustTrinidad and Tobago
SeptemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
OctoberUnited Arab Emirates
NovemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
DecemberUnited States of America*
1987JanuaryVenezuela
FebruaryZambia
MarchArgentina
AprilBulgaria
MayChina*
JuneCongo
JulyFrance*
AugustGermany: Federal Republic (=West Germany)
SeptemberGhana
OctoberItaly
NovemberJapan
DecemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
1988JanuaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
FebruaryUnited States of America*
MarchYugoslavia
AprilZambia
MayAlgeria
JuneArgentina
JulyBrazil
AugustChina*
SeptemberFrance*
OctoberGermany: Federal Republic (=West Germany)
NovemberItaly
DecemberJapan
1989JanuaryMalaysia
FebruaryNepal
MarchSenegal
AprilUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
MayUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
JuneUnited States of America*
JulyYugoslavia
AugustAlgeria
SeptemberBrazil
OctoberCanada
NovemberChina*
DecemberColombia
1990JanuaryCôte d'Ivoire
FebruaryCuba
March(Note 1990) Democratic Yemen (=South Yemen)
AprilEthiopia
MayFinland
JuneFrance*
JulyMalaysia
AugustRomania
SeptemberUnion of Soviet Socialist Republics*
OctoberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
NovemberUnited States of America*
December(Note 1990) Yemen
1991JanuaryZaïre
FebruaryZimbabwe
MarchAustria
AprilBelgium
MayChina*
JuneCôte d'Ivoire
JulyCuba
AugustEcuador
SeptemberFrance*
OctoberIndia
NovemberRomania
December(Note 1991) Union of Soviet Socialist Republics*/ Russian Federation*
1992JanuaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
FebruaryUnited States of America*
MarchVenezuela
AprilZimbabwe
MayAustria
JuneBelgium
JulyCape Verde
AugustChina*
SeptemberEcuador
OctoberFrance*
NovemberHungary
DecemberIndia
1993JanuaryJapan
FebruaryMorocco
MarchNew Zealand
AprilPakistan
MayRussian Federation*
JuneSpain
JulyUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AugustUnited States of America*
SeptemberVenezuela
OctoberBrazil
NovemberCape Verde
DecemberChina*
1994JanuaryCzech Republic
FebruaryDjibouti
MarchFrance*
AprilNew Zealand
MayNigeria
JuneOman
JulyPakistan
AugustRussian Federation*
September(Note 1994) Spain
October(Note 1994) United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
November(Note 1994) United States of America*
December(Note 1994) Rwanda
1995JanuaryArgentina
FebruaryBotswana
MarchChina*
AprilCzech Republic
MayFrance*
JuneGermany
JulyHonduras
AugustIndonesia
SeptemberItaly
OctoberNigeria
NovemberOman
DecemberRussian Federation*
1996JanuaryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
FebruaryUnited States of America*
MarchBotswana
AprilChile
MayChina*
JuneEgypt
JulyFrance*
AugustGermany
SeptemberGuinea-Bissau
OctoberHonduras
NovemberIndonesia
DecemberItaly
1997JanuaryJapan
FebruaryKenya
MarchPoland
AprilPortugal
MayRepublic of Korea [=South Korea]
JuneRussian Federation*
JulySweden
AugustUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
SeptemberUnited States of America*
OctoberChile
NovemberChina*
DecemberCosta Rica
1998JanuaryFrance*
FebruaryGabon
MarchGambia
AprilJapan
MayKenya
JunePortugal
JulyRussian Federation*
AugustSlovenia
SeptemberSweden
OctoberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
NovemberUnited States of America*
DecemberBahrain
1999JanuaryBrazil
FebruaryCanada
MarchChina*
AprilFrance*
MayGabon
JuneGambia
JulyMalaysia
AugustNamibia
SeptemberNetherlands
OctoberRussian Federation*
NovemberSlovenia
DecemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
2000JanuaryUnited States of America*
FebruaryArgentina
MarchBangladesh
AprilCanada
MayChina*
JuneFrance*
JulyJamaica
AugustMalaysia
SeptemberMali
OctoberNamibia
NovemberNetherlands
DecemberRussian Federation*
2001JanuarySingapore
FebruaryTunisia
MarchUkraine
AprilUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
MayUnited States of America*
JuneBangladesh
JulyChina*
AugustColombia
SeptemberFrance*
OctoberIreland
NovemberJamaica
DecemberMali
2002JanuaryMauritius
FebruaryMexico
MarchNorway
AprilRussian Federation*
MaySingapore
JuneSpain
JulyUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AugustUnited States of America*
SeptemberBulgaria
OctoberCameroon
NovemberChina*
DecemberColombia
2003JanuaryFrance*
FebruaryGermany
MarchGuinea
AprilMexico
MayPakistan
JuneRussian Federation*
JulySpain
AugustSyrian Arab Republic
SeptemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
OctoberUnited States of America*
NovemberAngola
DecemberBulgaria
2004JanuaryChile
FebruaryChina*
MarchFrance*
AprilGermany
MayPakistan
JunePhilippines
JulyRomania
AugustRussian Federation*
SeptemberSpain
OctoberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
NovemberUnited States of America*
DecemberAlgeria
2005JanuaryArgentina
FebruaryBenin
MarchBrazil
AprilChina*
MayDenmark
JuneFrance*
JulyGreece
AugustJapan
SeptemberPhilippines
OctoberRomania
NovemberRussian Federation*
DecemberUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
2006JanuaryUnited Republic of Tanzania
FebruaryUnited States of America*
MarchArgentina
AprilChina*
MayCongo Republic
JuneDenmark
JulyFrance*
AugustGhana
SeptemberGreece
OctoberJapan
NovemberPeru
DecemberQatar
2007JanuaryRussian Federation*
FebruarySlovak Republic
MarchSouth Africa
AprilUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
MayUnited States of America*
JuneBelgium
JulyChina*
AugustCongo Republic
SeptemberFrance*
OctoberGhana
NovemberIndonesia
DecemberItaly
2008JanuaryLibyan Arab Jamahiriya
FebruaryPanama
MarchRussian Federation*
AprilSouth Africa
MayUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
JuneUnited States of America*
JulyViet Nam
AugustBelgium
SeptemberBurkina Faso
OctoberChina*
NovemberCosta Rica
DecemberCroatia
2009JanuaryFrance*
FebruaryJapan
MarchLibyan Arab Jamahiriya
AprilMexico
MayRussian Federation*
JuneTurkey
JulyUganda
AugustUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
SeptemberUnited States of America*
OctoberViet Nam
NovemberAustria
DecemberBurkina Faso
2010 January China*
February France*
March Gabon
April Japan
May Lebanon
June Mexico
July Nigeria
August Russian Federation*
September Turkey
October Uganda
November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
December United States of America*
2011JanuaryBosnia & Herzegovina
FebruaryBrazil
MarchChina*
AprilColombia
MayFrance*
JuneGabon
JulyGermany
AugustIndia
SeptemberLebanon
OctoberNigeria
NovemberPortugal
DecemberRussian Federation*
2012JanuarySouth Africa
FebruaryTogo
MarchUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
AprilUnited States of America*
MayAzerbaijan
JuneChina*
JulyColombia
AugustFrance*
SeptemberGermany
OctoberGuatemala
NovemberIndia
DecemberMorocco
2013JanuaryPakistan
FebruaryRepublic of Korea
MarchRussian Federation*
AprilRwanda
MayTogo
JuneUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
JulyUnited States of America*
AugustArgentina
SeptemberAustralia
OctoberAzerbaijan
NovemberChina*
DecemberFrance*
2014 January Jordan
February Lithuania
March Luxembourg
April Nigeria
May Republic of Korea
June Russian Federation*
July Rwanda
August United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
September United States of America*
October Argentina
November Australia
December Chad
2015 January Chile
February China*
March France*
April Jordan
May Lithuania
June Malaysia
July New Zealand
August Nigeria
September Russian Federation*
October Spain
November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland*
December United States of America*
2016 January Uruguay
February Venezuela
March Angola
April China*
May Egypt
June France*
July Japan
August Malaysia
September New Zealand
October Russian Federation*
November Senegal
December Spain
YEAR Month PRESIDENT of UN Security Council
 

The five Permanent Members of the Security Council appear in boldface and are marked with an *.


(Note 1946) 1946: The first-ever meeting of the United Nations Security Council took place on 17 January 1946 (exactly a week after the UN General Assembly itself had first convened, the ensuing week being when the General Assembly had elected the first 6 non-Permanent Members of the Council). As there were 11 Member-States on the UN Security Council, it was determined that the first ten members- in alphabetical order- should hold the Presidency of the Council from the 17th of one month till the 16th of the following month; the 11th Member of the Council in alphabetical order- this being the United States of America- would hold the President's chair from 17 November until the end of the year (31 December 1946) so as to allow all future Security Council Presidencies (beginning with that for January 1947) to be for an entire calendar month. This last was the only time that a member of the UN Security Council presided over the Council for longer than a month under ordinary circumstances (not counting situations in which a temporary President might be chosen, say, when a country serving as President for a given month is a party to an issue being discussed by the Security Council: such circumstances are not specifically noted in the above table).

(Note 1947) 1947: From this year through 1965 (the last year the UN Security Council would consist of but 11 members, before expanding to 15 members for 1966)- with each Member-State on the Council, in alphabetical order in English, taking its turn in the Security Council Presidency- each Council Member (whether Permanent or non-Permanent) was, under ordinary circumstances, assured of holding the President's chair for at least one month during a given calendar year and one Member (the one which took its alphabetical turn in January) would get to hold the Presidency twice in a calendar year (again being in the President's chair in December).

(Note 1961/1962) 1961/1962: The United Arab Republic (UAR)- consisting of Egypt and Syria since 1958- was elected a non-Permanent Member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term beginning 1 January 1961 and took the Presidency of the Security Council. as a result of ordinary alphabetical order, the very first month it was on the Council (January 1961). While the UAR was still serving on the Council, on 29 September 1961, Syria seceded from the UAR (it would reclaim its own seat in the United Nations General Assembly two weeks later), leaving the UAR as consisting of Egypt only (which was the status of the United Arab Republic during its two later stints in the President's chair during its term on the Security Council: December 1961 and November 1962).

(Note 1966) 1966: As of 1 January 1966, the UN Security Council was expanded from 11 to 15 members (10 non-Permanent members elected to two-year terms [5 to be chosen annually] now joining the 5 Permanent Members of the Council): therefore, under ordinary circumstances from 1966 on, no member of the Security Council (whether Permanent or non-Permanent) would serve in the President's chair more than once in a single calendar year and, whereas up till this point each member of the Security Council was assured of presiding over the Security Council at least once during each calendar year, now three members of the Security Council would usually not get to preside during a calendar year at all (though each non-Permanent member would still be assured of presiding at least once during its two-year term on the Council and some non-Permanent members [those who got to hold the Presidency of the Security Council early in their first year on that body] might even get to preside twice during a two-year term).

(Note 1971) 1971: June 1971 was, as things turned out, to be the final time the Republic of China (aka "Nationalist" China, or Taiwan) would preside over the Security Council as the holder of Permanent Member China's seat in the United Nations (see below).

(Note 1972) 1972: On 25 October 1971, the UN General Assembly voted to replace the Republic of China (=Taiwan) with the People's Republic of China (="Communist", or Mainland, China) in the seat held by Permanent Member China: the People's Republic immediately replaced Taiwan on the UN Security Council. Thus, in September 1972, the People's Republic of China held the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the very first time.

(Note 1976/1977) 1976/1977: When Libya was first elected to a two-year term on the Security Council beginning 1 January 1976, it was officially known as the Libyan Arab Republic (which was also its official name for UN purposes) and served in the President's chair of the Council under that name in September 1976. On 2 March 1977, Libya officially changed its name to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (this last translating into "state of the masses") and, with that as Libya's official UN name, presided over the Council again in November 1977.

(Note 1984) 1984: Upper Volta took the Presidency of the UN Security Council when its name came up, among the 'U's, in ordinary alphabetical rotation come August 1984: while so presiding, on 4 August 1984, the name of the country was changed to Burkina Faso; Zimbabwe succeeded Upper Volta-become Burkina Faso in the Presidency of the Council for the month of September 1984. When Burkina Faso's name came up in alphabetical rotation immediately following Zimbabwe come October 1984, it was permitted to again hold the Presidency of the Security Council. This was the first time since the UN Security Council had expanded to 15 members in 1966 that the same Member-State held the Presidency of the Security Council for two months out of the same calendar year.

(Note 1990) 1990: The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (known colloquially as "South Yemen" but its official United Nations name in English was "Democratic Yemen") was elected by the UN General Assembly to serve as one of the non-Permanent Members of the UN Security Council for the 2-year term from 1 January 1990 through 31 December 1991: as a result, Democratic Yemen served as President of the Security Council when the letter 'D' came up in ordinary alphabetical rotation come March 1990. On 22 May 1990, after it had already served in the President's chair that year, Democratic (aka PDR of) Yemen united with the Yemen Arab Republic (known colloquially as "North Yemen") to form a new, expanded Republic of Yemen: thus, when Yemen's name came up in alphabetical rotation come December 1990, Yemen was again in the President's chair. This was only the second time since the UN Security Council had expanded to 15 members in 1966 that the same Member-State held the Presidency of the Security Council for two months out of the same calendar year.

(Note 1991) 1991: On 24 December 1991, the Russian Federation officially informed the United Nations that it would be taking over the UN seat held by Security Council Permanent Member the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: it just so happened that, at the same time the Soviet Union ceased to exist, it happened to be occupying the President's chair in the UN Security Council. Accordingly, the Russian Federation also took over as President of the UN Security Council at that same time: by an interesting coincidence (since, at the time the non-Permanent Members of the Security Council for 1991 had first been elected to the Security Council beginning either 1 January 1990 or 1 January 1991, no one could have possibly known that the Russian Federation would succeed the USSR in the United Nations), the Russian Federation happened to be in the proper sequence as regards the alphabetical rotation of UN Security Council Presidents (just like the USSR it replaced, Russia followed Romania and preceded fellow Permanent Member the United Kingdom in ordinary alphabetical order)!

(Note 1994) 1994: Because of the overthrow of the incumbent Rwandan government in July 1994 and the time taken as regarded institution of a new government for the country, Rwanda was without a United Nations Representative through August 1994 and, during that month, it was determined that the alphabetical rotation of UN Security Council Presidencies should, as a result, simply skip Rwanda when its ordinary turn to so preside came up in September 1994 (other countries on the Security Council following Spain- next after Rwanda in alphabetical order- would also move up a month in rotation as might prove necessary). Although a new Rwandan UN Ambassador was in place by the time the UN Security Council's first meeting in September 1994 actually took place, the aforementioned plan was adhered to nonetheless and Spain, therefore, became the UN Security Council President for that month instead of Rwanda; after Permanent Members the United Kingdom and the United States had followed Spain in the President's chair, Rwanda was permitted to belatedly take its turn as President of the UN Security Council for the month of December 1994 and, therefore, the normal alphabetical rotation of Security Council Presidencies was restored once Argentina took the President's chair for January 1995.



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