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ORG/1289

UNITED NATIONS MEMBER STATES

15 September 1999


Press Release
ORG/1289


UNITED NATIONS MEMBER STATES

19990915

Following is the list of the 188 Member States of the United Nations with dates on which they joined the Organization:

Member Date of Admission

Afghanistan 19 Nov. 1946

Albania 14 Dec. 1955

Algeria 8 Oct. 1962

Andorra 28 July 1993

Angola 1 Dec. 1976

Antigua and Barbuda 11 Nov. 1981

Argentina 24 Oct. 1945

Armenia 2 Mar. 1992

Australia 1 Nov. 1945

Austria 14 Dec. 1955

Azerbaijan 2 Mar. 1992

Bahamas 18 Sep. 1973

Bahrain 21 Sep. 1971

Bangladesh 17 Sep. 1974

Barbados 9 Dec. 1966

Belarus* 24 Oct. 1945

Belgium 27 Dec. 1945

Belize 25 Sep. 1981

Benin 20 Sep. 1960

Bhutan 21 Sep. 1971

Bolivia 14 Nov. 1945

Bosnia and Herzegovina 22 May 1992

Botswana 17 Oct. 1966

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* On 19 September 1991, Byelorussia informed the United Nations that it had changed its name to Belarus. Member Date of Admission

Brazil 24 Oct. 1945

Brunei Darussalam 21 Sep. 1984

Bulgaria 14 Dec. 1955

Burkina Faso 20 Sep. 1960

Burundi 18 Sep. 1962

Cambodia 14 Dec. 1955

Cameroon 20 Sep. 1960

Canada 9 Nov. 1945

Cape Verde 16 Sep. 1975

Central African Republic 20 Sep. 1960

Chad 20 Sep. 1960

Chile 24 Oct. 1945

China 24 Oct. 1945

Colombia 5 Nov. 1945

Comoros 12 Nov. 1975

Congo (Republic of the) 20 Sep. 1960

Costa Rica 2 Nov. 1945

Côte d’Ivoire 20 Sep. 1960

Croatia 22 May 1992

Cuba 24 Oct. 1945

Cyprus 20 Sep. 1960

Czech Republic* 19 Jan. 1993

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea 17 Sep. 1991

Democratic Republic of the Congo** 20 Sep. 1960

Denmark 24 Oct. 1945

Djibouti 20 Sep. 1977

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* Czechoslovakia was an original Member of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. In a letter dated 10 December 1992, its Permanent Representative informed the Secretary-General that the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic would cease to exist on 31 December 1992 and that the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, as successor States, would apply for membership in the United Nations. Following the receipt of its application, the Security Council, on 8 January 1993, recommended to the General Assembly that the Czech Republic be admitted to United Nations membership. The Czech Republic was thus admitted on 19 January of that year as a Member State.

** Zaire joined the United Nations on 20 September 1960. On 17 May 1997, its name was changed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Member Date of Admission

Dominica 18 Dec. 1978

Dominican Republic 24 Oct. 1945

Ecuador 21 Dec. 1945

Egypt* 24 Oct. 1945

El Salvador 24 Oct. 1945

Equatorial Guinea 12 Nov. 1968

Eritrea 28 May 1993

Estonia 17 Sep. 1991

Ethiopia 13 Nov. 1945

Fiji 13 Oct. 1970

Finland 14 Dec. 1955

France 24 Oct. 1945

Gabon 20 Sep. 1960

Gambia 21 Sep. 1965

Georgia 31 July 1992

Germany** 18 Sep. 1973

Ghana 8 Mar. 1957

Greece 25 Oct. 1945

Grenada 17 Sep. 1974

Guatemala 21 Nov. 1945

Guinea 12 Dec. 1958

Guinea-Bissau 17 Sep. 1974

Guyana 20 Sep. 1966

Haiti 24 Oct. 1945

Honduras 17 Dec. 1945

Hungary 14 Dec. 1955

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* Egypt and Syria were original Members of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958, the United Arab Republic was established by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued as a single Member. On 13 October 1961, Syria, having resumed its status as an independent State, resumed its separate membership in the United Nations. On 2 September 1971, the United Arab Republic changed its name to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

** The Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic were admitted to membership in the United Nations on 18 September 1973. Through the accession of the German Democratic Republic to the Federal Republic of Germany, effective from 3 October 1990, the two German States have united to form one sovereign State.

Member Date of Admission

Iceland 19 Nov. 1946

India 30 Oct. 1945

Indonesia* 28 Sep. 1950

Iran 24 Oct. 1945

Iraq 21 Dec. 1945

Ireland 14 Dec. 1955

Israel 11 May 1949

Italy 14 Dec. 1955

Jamaica 18 Sep. 1962

Japan 18 Dec. 1956

Jordan 14 Dec. 1955

Kazakhstan 2 Mar. 1992

Kenya 16 Dec. 1963

Kiribati 14 Sep. 1999

Kuwait 14 May 1963

Kyrgyzstan 2 Mar. 1992

Lao People’s Democratic Republic 14 Dec. 1955

Latvia 17 Sep. 1991

Lebanon 24 Oct. 1945

Lesotho 17 Oct. 1966

Liberia 2 Nov. 1945

Libya 14 Dec. 1955

Liechtenstein 18 Sep. 1990

Lithuania 17 Sep. 1991

Luxembourg 24 Oct. 1945

Madagascar 20 Sep. 1960

Malawi 1 Dec. 1964

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* By letter of 20 January 1965, Indonesia announced its decision to withdraw from the United Nations “at this stage and under the present circumstances”. By telegram of 19 September 1966, it announced its decision “to resume full cooperation with the United Nations and to resume participation in its activities”. On 28 September 1966, the General Assembly took note of this decision and the President invited representatives of Indonesia to take seats in the Assembly.

Member Date of Admission

Malaysia* 17 Sep. 1957

Maldives 21 Sep. 1965

Mali 28 Sep. 1960

Malta 1 Dec. 1964

Marshall Islands 17 Sep. 1991

Mauritania 27 Oct. 1961

Mauritius 24 Apr. 1968

Mexico 7 Nov. 1945

Micronesia (Federated States of) 17 Sep. 1991

Monaco 28 May 1993

Mongolia 27 Oct. 1961

Morocco 12 Nov. 1956

Mozambique 16 Sep. 1975

Myanmar 19 Apr. 1948

Namibia 23 Apr. 1990

Nauru 14 Sep. 1999

Nepal 14 Dec. 1955

Netherlands 10 Dec. 1945

New Zealand 24 Oct. 1945

Nicaragua 24 Oct. 1945

Niger 20 Sep. 1960

Nigeria 7 Oct. 1960

Norway 27 Nov. 1945

Oman 7 Oct. 1971

Pakistan 30 Sep. 1947

Palau 15 Dec. 1994

Panama 13 Nov. 1945

Papua New Guinea 10 Oct. 1975

Paraguay 24 Oct. 1945

Peru 31 Oct. 1945

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* The Federation of Malaya joined the United Nations on 17 September 1957. On 16 September 1963, its name was changed to Malaysia, following the admission to the new federation of Singapore, Sabah (North Borneo) and Sarawak. Singapore became an independent State on 9 August 1965 and a Member of the United Nations on 21 September 1965.

Member Date of Admission

Philippines 24 Oct. 1945

Poland 24 Oct. 1945

Portugal 14 Dec. 1955

Qatar 21 Sep. 1971

Republic of Korea 17 Sep. 1991

Republic of Moldova 2 Mar. 1992

Romania 14 Dec. 1955

Russian Federation* 24 Oct. 1945

Rwanda 18 Sep. 1962

Saint Kitts and Nevis 23 Sep. 1983

Saint Lucia 18 Sep. 1979

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 16 Sep. 1980

Samoa 15 Dec. 1976

San Marino 2 Mar. 1992

Sao Tome and Principe 16 Sep. 1975

Saudi Arabia 24 Oct. 1945

Senegal 28 Sep. 1960

Seychelles 21 Sep. 1976

Sierra Leone 27 Sep. 1961

Singapore 21 Sep. 1965

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* The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was an original Member of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. In a letter dated 24 December 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the President of the Russian Federation, informed the Secretary- General that the membership of the Soviet Union in the Security Council and all other United Nations organs was being continued by the Russian Federation with the support of the 11 member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Member Date of Admission

Slovakia* 19 Jan. 1993

Slovenia 22 May 1992

Solomon Islands 19 Sep. 1978

Somalia 20 Sep. 1960

South Africa 7 Nov. 1945

Spain 14 Dec. 1955

Sri Lanka 14 Dec. 1955

Sudan 12 Nov. 1956

Suriname 4 Dec. 1975

Swaziland 24 Sep. 1968

Sweden 19 Nov. 1946

Syria** 24 Oct. 1945

Tajikistan 2 Mar. 1992

Thailand 16 Dec. 1946

The former Yugoslav Republic

of Macedonia*** 8 Apr. 1993

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* Czechoslavakia was an original Member of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. In a letter dated 10 December 1992, its Permanent Representative informed the Secretary-General that the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic would cease to exist on 31 December 1992 and that the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, as successor States, would apply for membership in the United Nations. Following the receipt of its application, the Security Council, on 8 January 1993, recommended to the General Assembly that the Slovak Republic be admitted to United Nations Membership. The Slovak Republic was thus admitted on 19 January of that year as a Member State.

** Egypt and Syria were original Members of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958, the United Arab Republic was established by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued as a single Member. On 13 October 1961, Syria, having resumed its status as an independent State, resumed its separate membership in the United Nations. *

*** The General Assembly decided on 8 April 1993 to admit to United Nations membership the State being provisionally referred to for all purposes within the United Nations as “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” pending settlement of the difference that had arisen over its name.

Member Date of Admission Togo 20 Sep. 1960

Tonga 14 Sep. 1999

Trinidad and Tobago 18 Sep. 1962

Tunisia 12 Nov. 1956

Turkey 24 Oct. 1945

Turkmenistan 2 Mar. 1992

Uganda 25 Oct. 1962

Ukraine 24 Oct. 1945

United Arab Emirates 9 Dec. 1971

United Kingdom 24 Oct. 1945

United of Republic of Tanzania* 14 Dec. 1961

United States 24 Oct. 1945

Uruguay 18 Dec. 1945

Uzbekistan 2 Mar. 1992

Vanuatu 15 Sep. 1981

Venezuela 15 Nov. 1945

Viet Nam 20 Sep. 1977

Yemen** 30 Sep. 1947

Yugoslavia 24 Oct. 1945

Zambia 1 Dec. 1964

Zimbabwe 25 Aug. 1980

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* Tanganyika was a Member of the United Nations from 14 December 1961 and Zanzibar was a Member from 16 December 1963. Following the ratification on 26 April 1964 of Articles of Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar continued as a single Member, changing its name to the United Republic of Tanzania on 1 November 1964.

** Yemen was admitted to membership in the United Nations on 30 September 1947 and Democratic Yemen on 14 December 1967. On 22 May 1990, the two countries merged and have since been represented as one Member with the name “Yemen”.

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