|Term in Council||Member States|
|Jan 2012-Dec 2014||Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo|
|Jan 2011-Dec 2013||Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa|
|Jan 2010-Dec 2012||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Gabon, Lebanon and Nigeria|
|Jan 2009-Dec 2011||Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda|
|Jan 2008-Dec 2009||Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Vietnam|
|Jan 2007-Dec 2008||Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, Panama|
|Jan 2006-Dec 2007||Congo, Ghana, Peru, Qatar, Slovakia|
|Jan 2005-Dec 2006||Argentina, Denmark, Greece, Japan, United Republic of Tanzania|
|Jan 2004-Dec 2005||Algeria, Benin, Brazil, Philippines and Romania|
|Jan 2003-Dec 2004||Angola, Chile, Germany, Pakistan and Spain|
|Jan 2002-Dec 2003||Bulgaria, Cameroon, Guinea, Mexico, and Syria|
|Jan 2001-Dec 2002||Colombia, Ireland, Mauritius, Norway, Singapore|
|Jan 2000-Dec 2001||Bangladesh, Jamaica, Mali, Tunisia, Ukraine|
|Jan 1999-Dec 2000||Argentina, Canada, Malaysia, Namibia, Netherlands|
|Jan 1998-Dec 1999||Bahrain, Brazil, Gabon, Gambia, Slovenia|
|Jan 1997-Dec 1998||Costa Rica, Japan, Kenya, Portugal, Sweden|
|Jan 1996-Dec 1997||Chile, Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, Poland, Rep. Korea|
|Jan 1995-Dec 1996||Botswana, Germany, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy|
|Jan 1994-Dec 1995||Argentina, Czech Republic(1), Nigeria, Oman, Rwanda|
|Jan 1993-Dec 1994||Brazil, Djibouti, New Zealand, Pakistan, Spain|
|Jan 1992-Dec 1993||Cape Verde, Hungary, Japan, Morocco, Venezuela|
|Jan 1991-Dec 1992||Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, India, Zimbabwe|
|Jan 1990-Dec 1991||Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Romania, Yemen, Zaire|
|Jan 1989-Dec 1990||Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, Finland, Malaysia|
|Jan 1988-Dec 1989||Algeria, Brazil, Nepal, Senegal, Yugoslavia|
|Jan 1987-Dec 1988||Argentina, Germany, Italy, Japan, Zambia|
|Jan 1986-Dec 1987||Bulgaria, Congo, Ghana, UAE, Venezuela|
|Jan 1985-Dec 1986||Australia, Denmark, Madagascar, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago|
|Jan 1984-Dec 1985||Burkina Faso, Egypt, India, Peru, Ukraine|
|Jan 1983-Dec 1984||Malta, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Pakistan|
|Jan 1982-Dec 1983||DR Congo, Guyana, Jordan, Poland, Togo|
|Jan 1981-Dec 1982||Ireland, Japan, Panama, Spain, Uganda|
|Jan 1980-Dec 1981||German Democratic Republic, Mexico, Niger, Philippines, Tunisia|
|Jan 1979-Dec 1980||Bangladesh, Jamaica, Norway, Portugal, Zambia|
|Jan 1978-Dec 1979||Bolivia, Gabon, Kuwait, Nigeria, Czechoslovakia(1)|
|Jan 1977-Dec 1978||Canada, Germany, India, Mauritius, Venezuela|
|Jan 1976-Dec 1977||Benin, Libyan AJ, Pakistan, Panama, Romania|
|Jan 1975-Dec 1976||Guyana, Italy, Japan, Sweden, UR of Tanzania|
|Jan 1974-Dec 1975||Belarus, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Iraq, Mauritania|
|Jan 1973-Dec 1974||Australia, Austria, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru|
|Jan 1972-Dec 1973||Guinea, India, Panama, Sudan, Yugoslavia|
|Jan 1971-Dec 1972||Argentina, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Somalia|
|Jan 1970-Dec 1971||Burundi, Nicaragua, Poland, Sierra Leone, Syria AR|
|Jan 1969-Dec 1970||Colombia, Finland, Nepal, Spain, Zambia|
|Jan 1968-Dec 1969||Algeria, Hungary, Pakistan, Paraguay, Senegal|
|Jan 1967-Dec 1968||Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ethiopia, India|
|Jan 1966-Dec 1967||Argentina, Bulgaria, Japan, Mali, New Zealand (1966 only)*, Nigeria, Uganda (1966 only)* (3)|
|Jan 1965-Dec 1966||Jordan, Malaysia*, Netherlands, Uruguay|
|Jan 1964-Dec 1965||Bolivia, Côte d'Ivoire, Czechoslovakia (1964 only - resigned)(1)|
|Jan 1963-Dec 1964||Brazil, Morocco, Norway, Philippines (1963 only)*|
|Jan 1962-Dec 1963||Ghana, Ireland (1962 only)*, Venezuela, Romania (1962 only - resigned)*,|
|Jan 1961-Dec 1962|| Chile, United Arab Republic (Egypt), Liberia (1961 only - resigned)*,
Turkey (1961 only)*
|Jan 1960-Dec 1961||Ecuador, Poland (1960 only - resigned)*, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)|
|Jan 1959-Dec 1960||Argentina, Italy, Tunisia|
|Jan 1958-Dec 1959||Canada, Japan, Panama|
|Jan 1957-Dec 1958||Colombia, Philippines (1957 only)*, Sweden|
|Jan 1956-Dec 1957||Australia, Cuba, Iraq, Yugoslavia (1956 only - resigned)*|
|Jan 1955-Dec 1956||Belgium, Iran, Peru|
|Jan 1954-Dec 1955||Brazil, New Zealand, Turkey|
|Jan 1953-Dec 1954||Colombia, Denmark, Lebanon|
|Jan 1952-Dec 1953||Chile, Greece, Pakistan|
|Jan 1951-Dec 1952||Brazil, Netherlands, Turkey|
|Jan 1950-Dec 1951||Ecuador, India, Yugoslavia|
|Jan 1949-Dec 1950||Cuba, Egypt, Norway|
|Jan 1948-Dec 1949||Argentina, Canada, Ukrainian SSR|
|Jan 1947-Dec 1948||Belgium, Colombia, Syrian AR(2)|
|Jan 1946-Dec 1947||Australia, Brazil, Egypt (1946 only), Mexico(1946 only), Netherlands(1946 only), Poland|
Countries that have never served on the Council are not listed.
Sources - United Nations, and Bailey and Daws "The Procedure of the UN Security Council", 3rd Edition , Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1998. Compiled by Giji Gya.
* Split term
(1) Insofar as it formed part of Czechoslovakia until 31 December 1992, the Czech Republic also served on the Council in 1964 and 1978-79.
(2) Insofar as it formed part of the United Arab Republic until the end of September 1961, Syria also served on the council in 1961.
(3) One year term pursuant to elections held in accordance with article 23 (2) of the Charter.
The Security Council consists of five permanent members and ten non-permanent members, five of which are elected each year by the General Assembly for a term of two years. China, France, the Russian Federation, UK and USA are the permanent members. In electing the Council's non-permanent members, the Assembly is required by the Charter to pay due regard, in the first instance, to the contribution of UN members to the maintenance of international peace and security and to the other purposes of the organisation, and also to equitable geographical distribution. A retiring member is not eligible for immediate re-election.
The Presidency is held in turn by Council Member States in the English alphabetical order of their names, each holding office for one month.
By GA res. 1991A (XVIII)(1963), the Assembly adopted, and submitted for ratification by Member States of the UN, amendments to the Charter provisions relating to membership of the Council (articles 23 and 27). It was decided that the 10 non-permanent members should be elected according to the following pattern: five from African and Asian states; one from Eastern European states, two from Latin American and Caribbean states; and two from Western European and Other states.
These amendments took effect in 1965, having been ratified by more than two-thirds of UN members, including all the permanent members of the Security Council. The first expanded Council was elected in 1965.
NOTE: The Russian Federation informed the UN on 24 December 1991 that the membership of the Soviet Union in the Security Council and all other UN organs was being continued by it, and that the Russian Federation remains responsible in full for all the rights and obligations of the former Soviet Union.