Why can't International Organisations join the United Nations Security Council?

For example the European Union.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Each individual European nation is a member of the United Nations, but, as other answers have said, until the EU is one country, it won't get membership in the UN. All members of the UN are represented in the General Assembly, but you asked specifically about the Security Council. There are 15 members of the Security Council, 5 of which are permanent (the victorious powers after WWII and the only official nuclear powers: the US, Russia, China, France, and England) and the other 10 rotate. They are split based on regions, and the regions are responsible for putting their representative in the Security Council. Some regions do it on a rotating basis, others vote. So even if the EU were to become a country, it would first have to be decided what would happen with Britain and France's permanent seats. Then they would have to decide whether the EU would get a permanent seat or whether it would also have a rotating seat. The important thing to remember, though, is that only individual states can become members of the UN (quasi-states such as the Palestinians can have a delegation but aren't considered members of the UN), so international organizations don't have a chance.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Several EU nations, notably Britain and France, are already full members of the security council. They will often take European concerns into consideration when in talks

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because the council is made up of sovereign nations. The EU, at least at this point, is a trading union, not a sovereign nation.

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