All but three of the 193 UN member states cast paper ballots. Germany and the Dominican Republic each obtained 184 votes. South Africa got 183 votes, Belgium 181 and 144 went to Indonesia.
“Belgium will make sure to be a constructive, reliable and open partner during its mandate at the council and for the international community as a whole,” Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said in a statement.
The Belgian government said it was joining the council at a “pivotal moment.”
“It’s a period when multilateralism no longer seems obvious to all, with some even questioning it, even as the planet is confronted with multiple global challenges, including climate change, the (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, the fight against terrorism and illegal migration.”