New York: Launch of Greece’s Candidature for an elected seat in the United Nations Security Council 2025/26

Mar 16, 2023 | News and Media

The logo and the 6 priorities of Greece’s candidacy as an elected member in the United Nations Security Council for the period 2025-2026 were officially presented in New York by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, in an event held at the Morgan Library and Museum of New York, on March 16, 2023.

Presenting the logo of Greece’s candidacy, Mr. Dendias pointed out that the olive tree and the olive branch are symbols of peace and wisdom, while the three Greek words – Dialogue, Democracy, Diplomacy – other than their universal meaning, constitute the cornerstones of peaceful and harmonious coexistence of human societies throughout time.

In this spirit of promoting Dialogue, Democracy and Diplomacy, Greece sets six priorities for its candidacy and eventual membership in the United Nations Security Council: (a) Peaceful settlement of disputes, (b) Respect for International Law and the rules and principles of the UN Charter, (c) Women, peace and security, (d) Climate change and security, (e) Children in armed conflict and (f) Maritime security.

The event was attended by Permanent Representatives and diplomats from more than 150 UN member countries, from all geographical groups of countries – EU and Western Europe and Other States (WEOG), Asia and Pacific (APG), African Group ( AG), Eastern European (EEG) and Latin American and Caribbean (GRULAC). Among them representatives of several small island developing states (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Comoros, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Nauru, Singapore, Solomon Islands), as well as representatives of less developed countries (Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Togo, Zambia, Bangladesh, Laos, Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, East Timor, Yemen).

The event was also attended by high-ranking officials from the New York Delegations of the EU, the African Union, the International Organization of Francophonie, as well as officials from the UN Secretariat and media correspondents accredited to the United Nations.

Making the case for Greece’s candidacy, two distinguished Greek academics living and working in the US also addressed the event. Eliza Konofagos, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia University in New York, and Konstantinos Daskalakis, Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Science at MIT.

The elections for the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2025-26 will take place at the General Assembly of the Organization, in June 2024.

Read here the speech of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias at the event