The Permanent Mission of the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations
Jordan & the Security Council
Jordan has played an important role in maintaining international peace and security over the past decades and has been committed to the strengthening of international action through the United Nations to achieve collective security.
On the 8th of December 2013, Jordan was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term (2014-2015). Jordan was previously elected as a non permanent member for two terms (1965 – 1966) and (1982 – 1983).
Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. The Council is composed of 15 Members: five permanent members and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly, and each Member has one vote. All Member States are to comply with Council decisions.
The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security. It is the Security Council in particular that authorizes the creation of all peacekeeping operations. The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice.