The lengths countries go to for a seat at UN top table

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Glad-handing, parties and concerts by U2 and Celine Dion – how countries campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. It likely won’t come down to the gift bags or the parties but that doesn’t mean Canada, Norway and Ireland are leaving it to chance. From Norway, General Assembly delegations will get a badge covered with fabric from the tapestry used to decorate the council chamber’s walls. Canada is offering greeting cards, chocolates, and Canada-branded facemasks. The small tokens for delegations ahead of the 17 June vote come after lengthy campaigns by the three nations for one of two coveted non-permanent seats up for grabs on the security council, which is tasked with ensuring global peace and security,