ndia was on Tuesday elected to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six main organs of the United Nations, for the 2022-24 term.
The ECOSOC is at the centre of the UN development system and brings together people and issues to promote collective action for a sustainable world. The UN body has 54 members, which are elected each year by the General Assembly for three-year terms. Seats on the ECOSOC are allocated on the basis of geographical representation with 14 seats to African states, 11 to Asia-Pacific states, six to Eastern European states, 10 to Latin American and Caribbean states, and 13 to Western Europe and other states.
In all, 18 states were elected to the ECOSOC, the coordinating body for the economic and social work of UN agencies and funds, for a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2022.
The official Twitter handle of ‘India at UN’ also highlighted the importance of ECOSOC for a sustainable world.
The ECOSOC is at the centre of the UN development system and brings together people and issues to promote collective action for a sustainable world. pic.twitter.com/KNnxdVBGVF
— India at UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) June 7, 2021
Elected countries include: Cote d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Mauritius, Tanzania, Tunisia from African states; Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Oman from Asia-Pacific states; Croatia, the Czech Republic from Eastern European states; Belize, Chile, Peru from Latin America and Caribbean states; Belgium, Canada, Italy, the United States from Western European and other states.
Volkan Bozkir, president of the General Assembly, announced the results after voting by secret ballot in the assembly.
India is currently serving the 2021-22 term as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council and in August, the country will assume the Presidency of the 15-nation UN organ. The council is also responsible for the follow-up to major UN conferences and summits.