Canada has dropped its bid for the final seat on the United Nations Security Council after placing behind Portugal in the second round of voting. Canada’s UN Ambassador John McNee made the unexpected announcement after Portugal secured 113 votes to Canada’s 78. A two-thirds majority is required to win a seat. Initially, Germany, Portugal and Canada were competing for two non-permanent seats and Germany secured its seat by winning two-thirds in the first round. This is first time since the UN was launched in 1945 that the Canadian government has failed in a bid for a Security Council seat.