In the beginning there were 51 member states. Today, more than 65 years on, South Sudan has been welcomed by the UN as the 193rd member state.
Membership of the United Nations “is open to all peace-loving States that accept the obligations contained in the United Nations Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able to carry out these obligations”. States are admitted to membership in the United Nations by decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.
The recommendation to the General Assembly was made yesterday by the Security Council. In a statement read out by Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Minister of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency this month, the 15-member body noted “with great satisfaction” South Sudan’s solemn commitment to uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and to fulfil all the obligations contained therein.
“We look forward to the Republic of South Sudan joining us as a member of the United Nations and to working closely with its representatives,” the statement added.
Today, the General Assembly admitted the Republic of South Sudan as the 193rd member of the United Nations, welcoming the newly independent country to the community of nations.
South Sudan’s independence from the rest of Sudan is the result of the January 2011 referendum held under the terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended the decades-long civil war between the North and the South.
** If you are wondering when your country joined the UN, and if it was part of the original 51 member states, you can find out and more on the Member States website:
** South Sudan may be independent but both it and neighbours in the north in Darfur are in dire need of help - Proceeds from a new Alexander McCall Smith short story will help build libraries for refugees displaced by the Darfur conflict.
Read more in this UNHCR interview: http://un4.me/qni4T0
** Lucy Juah, 39, fled Sudan's civil war in 1992 for Kenya, where she has been working as a small businesswoman and raising a family of five children. Listen to her story as she makes her way home to reunite with her husband in Juba.
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