Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Bolivia have been elected to the United Nations Security Council for 2017-18. The final seat will be filled either by the Netherlands or Italy.
The new members will replace Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela on the council from January 1, 2017.
The council is made up of 10 elected members — five voted on each year — and five permanent veto-powers who are the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia.
The Security Council is the United Nations’ most powerful body, with “primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.” The council is the only UN body that can make legally binding decisions.