IRELAND - United Nations Security Council 2021-2022
Ireland is seeking election to a non-permanent 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.
The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, is in New York today (Monday) to take part in a series of events marking the launch of Ireland’s election campaign for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 term. He is being accompanied by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney.
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.
This morning, the Taoiseach will participate in a ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s participation on UN peacekeeping operations, and pay tribute to the 88 members of the Defence Forces who lost their lives while on UN service.
This evening, the Taoiseach and Tánaiste will officially launch Ireland’s campaign at UN headquarters with a special event celebrating Irish food, music, heritage and culture. The launch will be supported by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and U2’s Bono. Over 400 UN diplomats and other guests have been invited to attend the reception 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.