India re-elected to United Nations Economic and Social Council; Pakistan loses out

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 15 June 2017 re-elected India to another three-year term on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). India got another three-year term on ECOSOC after the General Assembly (UNGA) voted in favour of India with New Delhi garnering support of 183 out of 188 countries. 36-member ECOSOC guides United Nations’ sustainable development policies and coordinates the activities of several UN units and organisations working for development and social and economic issues. India’s electoral victory came a day after another a day earlier when Neeru Chadha was elected a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a measure of its influence at the UN. Pakistan received just a single vote for the ECOSOC. Japan received 185 votes, the highest number of votes for the three seats from the Asia-Pacific region, and the Philippines, 182.

About Economic and Social Council-

1. The United Nations Economic and Social Council is one of the six main organs of the United Nations.

2. It is responsible for coordinating the economic, social, and related work of 15 UN specialised agencies, their functional commissions and five regional commissions.

3. It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues and formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the United Nations system.

4.Seats on the Council are allotted based on geographical representation with 14 allocated to African states, 11 to Asian states, 6 to Eastern European states, 10 to Latin American and Caribbean states, and 13 to Western European and other states.

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