Turkey is a candidate
for the United Nations Security Council for the term 2009-2010
Turkey is a candidate for one of the
non-permanent seats allocated to the Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
at the United Nations Security Council for the term 2009-2010, for which
the elections will be held during the 63rd session of the UN General
Assembly, in 2008.
Turkey’s pursuit of membership in the Council is based on its unwavering
commitment to the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of
the United Nations. She resolutely follows her founder Atatürk’s dictum
“peace at home, peace in the world”.
As a founding member of the UN, Turkey has a record of staunch and
dedicated participation in a wide spectrum of UN activities.
Turkey has actively contributed to the efforts to preserve peace and
stability at the regional and global levels. In this respect, Turkey has
provided troops, civilian police officers and observers to international
peacekeeping missions in Asia, Africa, Latin Amerika, the Balkans, The
Caucasus and the Middle East.
Besides her active involvement in UN peacekeeping missions as well as
related activities of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Turkey
takes part in many forums fostering international cooperation and,
through various initiatives, plays a key stabilizing role in her region.
Turkey is also a global provider of significant humanitarian and
technical aid. In 2005, Turkey provided funds and equipment worth more
than 232 million USD to 25 countries in different continents, excluding
the aid provided by the Turkish Red Crescent and other NGOs. Turkey also
actively participates in international efforts to help eradicate
poverty. Turkish Official Development Aid in 2005 reached the level of
601 million USD, 0.17 % of her GNP. It is worth noting that Turkey has
become an “emerging donor” in Africa.
In addition, Turkey is increasing its voluntary contributions to the UN
funds, programs and affiliated organizations. In 2005, these
contributions amounted to 27 million USD in total.
Turkey furthermore makes every effort to contribute to social
development in the fields of human rights, children’s issues and the
promotion of the status of women. She is dedicated to the implementation
of the Millennium Development Goals and achievement of sustainable
development. To that end, Turkey is also committed to strongly
cooperating with the UN member states in the areas set out in the “2005
World Summit Outcome”.
Turkey is aware of the importance of energy security and by virtue of
her geographic location, is fast becoming an energy hub, connecting
producers with consumers.
Turkey is also a leading country in the fight against terrorism,
organized crime, trafficking in drugs and corruption.
Convinced that her own experiences can help in fostering understanding
and dialogue among different societies, Turkey is also one of the
co-chairs of the Alliance of Civilizations Initiative launched under the
auspices of the UN Secretary General.
These contributions to the maintenance of international peace and
security, her provision of development and humanitarian aid, and her
regional role as a bulwark of stability all make Turkey amply qualified
to serve in the Council.
In view of the fact that Turkey has not held a seat in the Security
Council since 1961, she now wishes to play her assets and her experience
at the service of the world community by becoming a non-permanent member
of the UNSC, and hopes for the valuable support of all UN member states’
governments for her candidacy.
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