Which Member States have held the Presidency of the Security Council?
Last Updated: Jul 02, 2019     Views: 33

The presidency of the Security Council rotates each month among the members, in accordance with the Council's Provisional Rules of Procedure.

  • Rotation follows the English alphabetical order of the state names (Rule 18)
  • During the month, different representatives of the state may serve as President (Rule 18)
  • On occasion, the President may choose not to preside over the Council during consideration of a particular question, in which case another state will preside (Rule 20)
  • Each meeting record of the Council lists the names of the representatives and the state represented
  • States may transmit a report, entitled "Assessment of the work of the Security Council during the Presidency of [State] in [Month]"

There are currently 15 members of the Council; not all members will hold the presidency during a particular year. Non-permanent members of the Council are elected for 2 years; each state is expected to hold the presidency at least once during its term on the Council.

The Library prepared the following table using the Repertoire of Practice Research Tools tables of Security Council members by year and by country and the meeting records of the Council.

For further information regarding the presidency, the Repertoire of the Practice has detailed studies on the presidency of the Council. The 4th edition of The Procedure of the UN Security Council, by Loraine Sievers and Sam Daws, also has a section on the President with citation to selected meetings that illustrate the practice of the Council with regard to the role.

In the table, the years 1994-present link to the tables of Meetings and Outcomes with links to the relevant documents. 

Security Council Presidency Table, 1946-2019

Year Month Country
1946 January-February Australia
  February-March Brazil
  March-April China
  April-May Egypt
  May-June France
  June-July Mexico
  July-August Netherlands
  August-September Poland
  September-October Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  October-November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November-December United States of America
     
1947 January Australia
  February Belgium
  March Brazil
  April China
  May Colombia
  June France
  July Poland
  August Syrian Arab Republic
  September Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  October United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November United States of America
  December Australia
     
1948 January Belgium
  February Canada
  March China
  April Colombia
  May France
  June Syrian Arab Republic
  July Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
  August Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  September United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  October United States of America
  November Argentina
  December Belgium
     
1949 January Canada
  February China
  March Cuba
  April Egypt
  May France
  June Norway
  July Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
  August Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  September United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  October United States of America
  November Argentina
  December Canada
     
1950 January China
  February Cuba
  March Ecuador
  April Egypt
  May France
  June India
  July Norway
  August Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  September United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  October United States of America
  November Yugoslavia // Socialist Federal Republic
  December China
     
1951 January Ecuador
  February France
  March India
  April Netherlands
  May Turkey
  June Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  July United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  August United States of America
  September Yugoslavia // Socialist Federal Republic
  October Brazil
  November China
  December Ecuador
     
1952 January France
  February Greece
  March Netherlands
  April Pakistan
  May Turkey
  June Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  July United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  August United States of America
  September Brazil
  October Chile
  November China
  December France
     
1953 January Greece
  February Lebanon
  March Pakistan
  April Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  May United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  June United States of America
  July Chile
  August China
  September Colombia
  October Denmark
  November France
  December Greece
     
1954 January Lebanon
  February New Zealand
  March Turkey
  April Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  May United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  June United States of America
  July Brazil
  August China
  September Colombia
  October Denmark
  November France
  December Lebanon
     
1955 January New Zealand
  February Peru
  March Turkey
  April Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  May United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  June United States of America
  July Belgium
  August Brazil
  September China
  October France
  November Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  December New Zealand
     
1956 January Peru
  February Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  March United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  April United States of America
  May Yugoslavia // Socialist Federal Republic
  June Australia
  July Belgium
  August China
  September Cuba
  October France
  November Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  December Peru
     
1957 January Philippines
  February Sweden
  March Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  April United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  May United States of America
  June Australia
  July China
  August Colombia
  September Cuba
  October France
  November Iraq
  December Philippines
     
1958 January Sweden
  February Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  March United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  April United States of America
  May Canada
  June China
  July Colombia
  August France
  September Iraq
  October Japan
  November Panama
  December Sweden
     
1959 January Tunisia
  February Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  March United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  April United States of America
  May Argentina
  June Canada
  July China
  August France
  September Italy
  October Japan
  November Panama
  December Tunisia
     
1960 January Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  February United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  March United States of America
  April Argentina
  May Ceylon
  June China
  July Ecuador
  August France
  September Italy
  October Poland
  November Tunisia
  December Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
     
1961 January United Arab Republic
  February United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  March United States of America
  April Ceylon
  May Chile
  June China
  July Ecuador
  August France
  September Liberia
  October Turkey
  November Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  December United Arab Republic
     
1962 January United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  February United States of America
  March Venezuela
  April Chile
  May China
  June France
  July Ghana
  August Ireland
  September Romania
  October Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  November United Arab Republic
  December United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
     
1963 January United States of America
  February Venezuela
  March Brazil
  April China
  May France
  June Ghana
  July Morocco
  August Norway
  September Philippines
  October Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  December United States of America
     
1964 January Bolivia
  February Brazil
  March China
  April CzechoSlovakia
  May France
  June Ivory Coast
  July Morocco
  August Norway
  September Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  October United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November United States of America
  December Bolivia
     
1965 January China
  February France
  March Ivory Coast
  April Jordan
  May Malaysia
  June Netherlands
  July Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  August United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  September United States of America
  October Uruguay
  November Bolivia
  December China
     
1966 January France
  February Japan
  March Jordan
  April Mali
  May Netherlands
  June New Zealand
  July Nigeria
  August Uganda
  September Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  October United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November United States of America
  December Uruguay
     
1967 January Argentina
  February Brazil
  March Bulgaria
  April Canada
  May China
  June Denmark
  July Ethiopia
  August France
  September India
  October Japan
  November Mali
  December Nigeria
     
1968 January Pakistan
  February Paraguay
  March Senegal
  April Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  May United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  June United States of America
  July Algeria
  August Brazil
  September Canada
  October China
  November Denmark
  December Ethiopia
     
1969 January Finland
  February France
  March Hungary
  April Nepal
  May Pakistan
  June Paraguay
  July Senegal
  August Spain
  September Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  October United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November United States of America
  December Zambia
     
1970 January Burundi
  February China
  March Colombia
  April Finland
  May France
  June Nepal
  July Nicaragua
  August Poland
  September Sierra Leone
  October Spain
  November Syrian Arab Republic
  December Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
     
1971 January United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  February United States of America
  March Argentina
  April Belgium
  May Burundi
  June China
  July France
  August Italy
  September Japan
  October Nicaragua
  November Poland
  December Sierra Leone
     
1972 January Somalia
  February Sudan
  March Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  April United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  May United States of America
  June Yugoslavia // Socialist Federal Republic
  July Argentina
  August Belgium
  September China
  October France
  November Guinea
  December India
     
1973 January Indonesia
  February Kenya
  March Panama
  April Peru
  May Sudan
  June Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  July United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  August United States of America
  September Yugoslavia // Socialist Federal Republic
  October Australia
  November Austria
  December China
     
1974 January Costa Rica
  February France
  March Indonesia
  April Iraq
  May Kenya
  June Mauritania
  July Peru
  August Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  September United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  October United Republic
  November United States of America
  December Australia
     
1975 January Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
  February China
  March Costa Rica
  April France
  May Guyana
  June Iraq
  July Italy
  August Japan
  September Mauritania
  October Sweden
  November Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  December United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
     
1976 January United Republic
  February United States of America
  March Benin
  April China
  May France
  June Guyana
  July Italy
  August Japan
  September Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  October Pakistan
  November Panama
  December Romania
     
1977 January Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  February United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  March United States of America
  April Venezuela
  May Benin
  June Canada
  July China
  August France
  September Federal Republic
  October India
  November Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  December Mauritius
     
1978 January Nigeria
  February Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  March United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  April United States of America
  May Venezuela
  June Bolivia
  July Canada
  August China
  September Czechoslovakia
  October France
  November Gabon
  December Federal Republic
     
1979 January Jamaica
  February Kuwait
  March Nigeria
  April Norway
  May Portugal
  June Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  July United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  August United States of America
  September Zambia
  October Bangladesh
  November Bolivia
  December China
     
1980 January France
  February German Democratic Republic
  March Jamaica
  April Mexico
  May Niger
  June Norway
  July Philippines
  August Portugal
  September Tunisia
  October Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  December United States of America
     
1981 January China
  February France
  March German Democratic Republic
  April Ireland
  May Japan
  June Mexico
  July Niger
  August Panama
  September Philippines
  October Spain
  November Tunisia
  December Uganda
     
1982 January Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  February United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  March United States of America
  April Zaire
  May China
  June France
  July Guyana
  August Ireland
  September Japan
  October Jordan
  November Panama
  December Poland
     
1983 January Togo
  February Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  March United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  April United States of America
  May Zaire
  June Zimbabwe
  July China
  August France
  September Guyana
  October Jordan
  November Malta
  December Netherlands
     
1984 January Nicaragua
  February Pakistan
  March Peru
  April Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
  May Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  June United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  July United States of America
  August Upper Volta
  September Zimbabwe
  October Burkina Faso
  November China
  December Egypt
     
1985 January France
  February India
  March Madagascar
  April Peru
  May Thailand
  June Trinidad and Tobago
  July Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
  August Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  September United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  October United States of America
  November Australia
  December Burkina Faso
     
1986 January China
  February Congo
  March Denmark
  April France
  May Ghana
  June Madagascar
  July Thailand
  August Trinidad and Tobago
  September Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  October United Arab Emirates
  November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  December United States of America
     
1987 January Venezuela
  February Zambia
  March Argentina
  April Bulgaria
  May China
  June Congo
  July France
  August Federal Republic
  September Ghana
  October Italy
  November Japan
  December Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
     
1988 January United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  February United States of America
  March Yugoslavia // Socialist Federal Republic
  April Zambia
  May Algeria
  June Argentina
  July Brazil
  August China
  September France
  October Federal Republic
  November Italy
  December Japan
     
1989 January Malaysia
  February Nepal
  March Senegal
  April Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  May United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  June United States of America
  July Yugoslavia // Socialist Federal Republic
  August Algeria
  September Brazil
  October Canada
  November China
  December Colombia
     
1990 January Côte d'Ivoire
  February Cuba
  March Democratic Yemen
  April Ethiopia
  May Finland
  June France
  July Malaysia
  August Romania
  September Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  October United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November United States of America
  December Yemen
     
1991 January Zaire
  February Zimbabwe
  March Austria
  April Belgium
  May China
  June Côte d'Ivoire
  July Cuba
  August Ecuador
  September France
  October India
  November Romania
  December Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
     
1992 January United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  February United States of America
  March Venezuela
  April Zimbabwe
  May Austria
  June Belgium
  July Cape Verde
  August China
  September Ecuador
  October France
  November Hungary
  December India
     
1993 January Japan
  February Morocco
  March New Zealand
  April Pakistan
  May Russian Federation
  June Spain
  July United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  August United States of America
  September Venezuela
  October Brazil
  November Cape Verde
  December China
     
1994 January Czech Republic
  February Djibouti
  March France
  April New Zealand
  May Nigeria
  June Oman
  July Pakistan
  August Russian Federation
  September Spain
  October United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November United States of America
  December Rwanda
     
1995 January Argentina
  February Botswana
  March China
  April Czech Republic
  May France
  June Germany
  July Honduras
  August Indonesia
  September Italy
  October Nigeria
  November Oman
  December Russian Federation
     
1996 January United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  February United States of America
  March Botswana
  April Chile
  May China
  June Egypt
  July France
  August Germany
  September Guinea-Bissau
  October Honduras
  November Indonesia
  December Italy
     
1997 January Japan
  February Kenya
  March Poland
  April Portugal
  May Republic
  June Russian Federation
  July Sweden
  August United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  September United States of America
  October Chile
  November China
  December Costa Rica
     
1998 January France
  February Gabon
  March Gambia
  April Japan
  May Kenya
  June Portugal
  July Russian Federation
  August Slovenia
  September Sweden
  October United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November United States of America
  December Bahrain
     
1999 January Brazil
  February Canada
  March China
  April France
  May Gabon
  June Gambia
  July Malaysia
  August Namibia
  September Netherlands
  October Russian Federation
  November Slovenia
  December United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
     
2000 January United States of America
  February Argentina
  March Bangladesh
  April Canada
  May China
  June France
  July Jamaica
  August Malaysia
  September Mali
  October Namibia
  November Netherlands
  December Russian Federation
     
2001 January Singapore
  February Tunisia
  March Ukraine
  April United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  May United States of America
  June Bangladesh
  July China
  August Colombia
  September France
  October Ireland
  November Jamaica
  December Mali
     
2002 January Mauritius
  February Mexico
  March Norway
  April Russian Federation
  May Singapore
  June Syrian Arab Republic
  July United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  August United States of America
  September Bulgaria
  October Cameroon
  November China
  December Colombia
     
2003 January France
  February Germany
  March Guinea
  April Mexico
  May Pakistan
  June Russian Federation
  July Spain
  August Syrian Arab Republic
  September United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  October United States of America
  November Angola
  December Bulgaria
     
2004 January Chile
  February China
  March France
  April Germany
  May Pakistan
  June Philippines
  July Romania
  August Russian Federation
  September Spain
  October United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  November United States of America
  December Algeria
     
2005 January Argentina
  February Benin
  March Brazil
  April China
  May Denmark
  June France
  July Greece
  August Japan
  September Philippines
  October Romania
  November Russian Federation
  December United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
     
2006 January United Republic
  February United States of America
  March Argentina
  April China
  May Congo
  June Denmark
  July France
  August Ghana
  September Greece
  October Japan
  November Peru
  December Qatar
     
2007 January Russian Federation
  February Slovakia
  March South Africa
  April United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  May United States of America
  June Belgium
  July China
  August Congo
  September France
  October Ghana
  November Indonesia
  December Italy
     
2008 January Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  February Panama
  March Russian Federation
  April South Africa
  May United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  June United States of America
  July Viet Nam
  August Belgium
  September Burkina Faso
  October China
  November Costa Rica
  December Croatia
     
2009 January France
  February Japan
  March Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  April Mexico
  May Russian Federation
  June Turkey
  July Uganda
  August United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  September United States of America
  October Viet Nam
  November Austria
  December Burkina Faso
     
2010 January China
  February France
  March Gabon
  April Japan
  May Lebanon
  June Mexico
  July Nigeria
  August Russian Federation
  September Turkey
  October Uganda
  November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  December United States of America
     
2011 January Bosnia and Herzegovina
  February Brazil
  March China
  April Colombia
  May France
  June Gabon
  July Germany
  August India
  September Lebanon
  October Nigeria
  November Portugal
  December Russian Federation
     
2012 January South Africa
  February Togo
  March United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  April United States of America
  May Azerbaijan
  June China
  July Colombia
  August France
  September Germany
  October Guatemala
  November India
  December Morocco
     
2013 January Pakistan
  February Republic
  March Russian Federation
  April Rwanda
  May Togo
  June United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  July United States of America
  August Argentina
  September Australia
  October Azerbaijan
  November China
  December France
     
2014 January Jordan
  February Lithuania
  March Luxembourg
  April Nigeria
  May Republic
  June Russian Federation
  July Rwanda
  August United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  September United States of America
  October Argentina
  November Australia
  December Chad
     
2015 January Chile
  February China
  March France
  April Jordan
  May Lithuania
  June Malaysia
  July New Zealand
  August Nigeria
  September Russian Federation
  October Spain
  November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  December United States of America
     
2016 January Uruguay
  February Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  March Angola
  April China
  May Egypt
  June France
  July Japan
  August Malaysia
  September New Zealand
  October Russian Federation
  November Senegal
  December Spain
     
2017 January Sweden
  February Ukraine
  March United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  April United States of America
  May Uruguay
  June Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  July China
  August Egypt
  September Ethiopia
  October France
  November Italy
  December Japan
     
2018 January Kazakhstan
  February Kuwait
  March Netherlands
  April Peru
  May Poland
  June Russian Federation
  July Sweden
  August United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  September United States of America
  October Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  November China
  December Côte d'Ivoire
     
2019 January Dominican Republic
  February Equatorial Guinea
  March France
  April Germany
  May Indonesia
  June Kuwait
  July Peru
  August Poland
  September Russian Federation
  October South Africa
  November United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  December United States of America


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