UN: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Munir Akram was on Thursday unanimously elected as the President of the Economic and Social Council, for the term 2020-2021.
Pakistan has been elected as ECOSOC President six times.
In his acceptance speech, Ambassador Akram, outlining the objectives of Pakistan’s residency of the council, said UN Member States face three simultaneous challenges: the coronavirus health and economic crisis, the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the existential threat of climate change.
Pak Ambassador Akram hoped that a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed soon.
“Everyone, everywhere — rich or poor — must have equal access to the vaccine”.
He proposed that in the coming year, ECOSOC should focus on three areas — financing of the COVID-19, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change goals; sustainable infrastructure investment; and application of advanced science and technology for development.
The ambassador said he would work closely with the incoming President of the General Assembly’s 75th Session, Ambassador Volkan Bozkir of Turkey, who is set to visit Pakistan soon.