On January 4, India and four other nations, including Mexico, Norway, Ireland and Kenya begin their two-year term at the UN Security Council. The move comes at a time of growing polarization in the world body charged with ensuring world peace and security.
The new countries, holding the non-permanent seats on the 15-member council for two year, took part in a first meeting that aimed at approving an agenda proposed by the current chair of the council, Tunisia.
The permanent members in the council including the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain hold veto power. According SC Procedure, a specialized news outlet, “While veto power by any of the permanent members was used 10 times or fewer from 1990 to 2000, it was used on 31 occasions from 2010 to 2019, and five times last year alone.”