To demonstrate Singapore's willingness to take on additional responsibilities to support the UN, Singapore bid for and was elected to a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the first time in 2000. During our term from 2001 to 2002, Singapore's approach was guided by international law, observance of the UN Charter and compliance with Security Council resolutions.

Singapore sought to bring the perspective of small states to the Council, reflect developing countries’ concerns, and make the Council more transparent and accountable to the larger UN membership. Singapore also sought to improve the Council’s credibility by making it more effective and responsive, and in the long run, foster a norms-based Council where small states’ interests can be served.

Singapore continues to play an active role in ongoing efforts to improve the Security Council’s working methods.

More on information on the UNSC can be found on the UNSC website.

Last updated: October 2016