Today in Philippine history, December 7, 1956, the Philippines was elected to the United Nations Security Council

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On December 7, 1956, The Philippines was elected to the eleven-nation United Nations Security Council (UNSC). President Ramon Magsaysay on the following day, designated Ambassador Carlos P. Romulo as Philippine representative on the Council.

   On December 7, 1956, the Philippines was elected to the United Nations  Security Council

The Philippines deadlocked with Yugoslavia the previous year in election to the Council and an improvised lottery resulted in the accession of the latter to the seat with the understanding that it would give way to the Philippines after one year of the two-year term. The Soviet bloc attempted to upset this arrangement and proposed the election of Czechoslovakia, but on a vote being taken, the Philippines won on a secret ballot of 51 to 20.

President Magsaysay in designating Ambassador Romulo, stated in his message to him:

"... Realizing the scope of our new responsibility, I am hereby designating you as the Philippines' representative to the Security Council for the full one-year term beginning January 1, 1957. I have done this in my firm belief that as former President of the General Assembly, you can best represent the Philippines in that body ..."

Romulo who was Philippine Ambassador to the United States at the time of his designation, was the Philippine delegate at the United Nations founding conference in San Francisco in October of 1945 and served as the head of the Philippine delegation for a number of years. He was President of the General Assembly in 1949 to 1950, and was chairman of the Assembly's political, trusteeship, and budget committees as well as a member of various other important committees at various times.

The Philippines would again be elected to the UNSC in 1963 with Romania serving the 1962 half of the two-year term, 1980-1981, and 2004-2005.

The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. Its powers include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action through Security Council resolutions. It is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states. The Security Council held its first session on January 17, 1946.

References

  1. American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Volume 32, Number 12, December 1956.
  2. Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Philippines to the United Nations (http://www.un.int/philippines/)
  3. Wikipedia


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