Afghanistan elected to key UN body after decades
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): After a gap of more than three decades, Afghanistan has been elected as a member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a three year term starting January 2016.
Afghanistan was elected by a clear majority of votes by the United Nations General Assembly. This is only for the third time that Afghanistan has been elected to be member of ECOSOC. The previous one being from 1959-1961 and then from 1976-1978.
“Afghanistan’s membership would be a great opportunity to contribute and join the collective global efforts in elimination of poverty and realization of sustainable development goals within the framework of ECOSOC,” said Mahmoud Saikal, the Afghan Ambassador to the UN.
One of the six main organs of the United Nations, ECOSOC is the principal UN organ for the discussion and coordination of international economic and social issues and for formulating policy recommendations for Member States and the UN system.
It is the main body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.
Eighteen new members from five regional groups, namely Algeria, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, and South Africa from African Group, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq and Viet Nam from Asia-Pacific Group, Czech Republic and Republic of Moldova from Eastern European Group, Chile, Guyana, and Peru from Latin American and Caribbean States Group, and Australia, Belgium, Italy and United Sates of America from Western European and other States Group were also elected.
Saikal said Afghanistan had introduced its candidature in 2009 for a term from 2012-2014 but deferred for the term 2016-2018 to preserve solidarity of the Asia-Pacific Group and avoid internal competition.
This year, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Viet Nam were endorsed by the Asia Pacific group and had the Group’s full support.
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