In a move that consolidates our global presence further, India has been elected to the 54-member Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six main arms of the United Nations, for the 2022-24 term.
ECOSOC, which works to advance three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental, is at the centre of the UN development system and brings together people and issues to promote collective action for a sustainable world. It is also responsible for follow-up to major UN conferences and summits.
“I thank all Member States of the @UN for their vote of confidence in India for #ECOSOC,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted.
— PR/Amb T S Tirumurti (@ambtstirumurti) June 8, 2021
ECOSOC coordinates economic, social, and related work of the 14 United Nations specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system.
India is currently serving the 2021-22 term as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council and will assume the Presidency of the 15-nation UN organ in August.
The UN Charter established ECOSOC in 1945 as one of the six main organs of the United Nations.
India was elected in the Asia-Pacific States category besides Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman in the elections held on Monday.
ECOSOC’s 54 members are elected for three-year terms by the General Assembly. Seats on the Council are allotted based on 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.