Ukrainian diplomat Volodymyr Elchenko will head the United Nations Security Council meetings starting February 2017, according to the UN Twitter account.
“In February 2017, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Elchenko will take the chair of the President of the UN Security Council,” reads the message.
The United Nations (UN) is an international organization established to maintain and strengthen international peace and security, as well as to develop cooperation between the states.
The Security Council has the primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security; all UN members must respect its decisions. The five permanent Security Council members (Russia, USA, UK, France and China) have a veto power.
The Security Council consists of 15 members: five permanent members of the Council are Russia, USA, UK, France and China, the other ten (Charter terminology "non-permanent" members) are elected to the Council in accordance with the procedure established by the Charter (par 2, Art 23). Ukraine was elected as "non-permanent" member for 2016-2017 last year.
November 23, during the open debate of the Security Council of the United Nations on water issues, peace and security, the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Elchenko announced that the full de-occupation of the Russian-annexed peninsula and the city of Sevastopol is the only possible political solution to provide the Crimeans with water. Such statement was also voiced during the discussion with the Russian diplomat, who accused Ukraine of the fact that "Kyiv has blocked the supply of water to the peninsula".