Malaysia assumes presidency of UN Security Council

Added On August 3, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia has assumed the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of August, the foreign ministry said here in a press release Wednesday.

This is the second time Malaysia has assumed the position since the country's election to a non-permanent member of the council for the 2015-2016 period,

Malaysia plans to convene an open debate on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) on Aug. 23, with the aim to address new threats and challenges in preventing the proliferation of WMDs, related materials and technologies to non-state actors, according to the statement.

The country will also chair a debate on the protection of children in armed conflicts and hold discussions regarding the issues of Palestine, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon, among others, the ministry said.

It will also facilitate the selection process for the next UN secretary-general, who is expected to succeed Ban Ki-moon after the end of his term in December 2016, the ministry added.

The presidency of the Security Council rotates among its 15 member states - which is comprised of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members - based on the English-language alphabetical order of the countries' names on a monthly basis.