Marshall Islands and the United Nations

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Republic of Marshall Islands
Flag of the United Nations.svg Flag of the Marshall Islands.svg
United Nations membership
MembershipFull member
Since1991 (1991)
UNSC seatNon-permanent (never elected)
AmbassadorPhillip H. Muller

The Marshall Islands joined the United Nations on September 17, 1991. Although the Marshall Islands are sovereign, the Republic is bound by a Compact of Free Association with the United States. The Marshall Islands show overwhelming support for the United States. On 13 key issues in 2008, the Marshall Islands matched the vote of the United States 100% of the time.[1] In 2015, however, the Marshall Islands voted to condemn the US embargo over Cuba. The motion at the United Nations was supported by 191 member states, with two votes against (the United States and Israel) and no country abstaining.[2]

The Marshall Islands are also one of the staunchest supporters of Israel, like the United States.[3] In December 2017, the Marshall Islands was one of just nine countries (including the United States and Israel) to vote against a motion adopted by the United Nations General Assembly condemning the United States' recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The United States government had threatened to cut aid to states voting in favour of the motion.[4]


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