This year, Kazakhstan and Thailand competed for one seat that replaced Malaysia, with the Central Asian Nation ultimately winning the seat.
This year, five seats on the United Nations Security Council were up for grabs - The Security Council has five permanent members plus 10 temporary seats, which are rotated among the world regions every two years. The elected countries will be sitting for two years along with the five other non-permanent members that started their two-year mandate the previous year: Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay, along with the five permanent members Russia, the US, China, France and Britain. The five new non-permanent Security Council members were selected by the United Nations General Assembly to replace countries such as Spain, Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela and Angola.
Italy has served on the council six times, the Netherlands five times and Sweden thrice. Italy and the Netherlands have recently asked to share Security Council seat. This year, Kazakhstan and Thailand competed for one seat that replaced Malaysia, with the Central Asian Nation ultimately winning the seat.
The United Nations Security Council voting scheduled for June 28, 2016 saw three of the five seats being contested. Both Thailand and Kazakhstan campaigned to win the support of two-thirds from the 193 member states on a secret ballot, to replace outgoing Malaysia for the Asia-pacific quota. Thailand had a long history of engagement with the United Nations since its admission in 1946, while Kazakhstan has never held a seat in the United Nations Security Council. Thailand stated its commitment that to improve the efficiency of the United Nations Security Council. New embassies have also been opened by Kazakhstan in Latin America and America.
The Central Asian country won by 138 votes over Thailand to join Sweden, Ethiopia and Bolivia for a two-year term starting January 1, 2017.