India has been elected to the Economic and Social Council, one of the six main organs of the United Nations, for the 2022-24 term. India was elected in the Asia-Pacific States category alongside Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Oman in the elections held on June 7.
Indian Ambassador TS Tirumurti thanked all UN member for their ‘vote of confidence in India’ shortly after the country made it to the council.
“I thank all Member States of the @UN for their vote of confidence in India for #ECOSOC,” Tirumurti tweeted.
The 54-member Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is at the heart of the United Nations system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.
The council is a central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals.
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.
Among the African states, Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Mauritius, Tunisia and the United Republic of Tanzania were elected.
From the eastern European states, Croatia and the Czech Republic and from the Latin American and Caribbean states, Belize, Chile and Peru were elected.
According to the ECOSOC websites, Seats on the Council are allotted based on geographical representation with 14 allocated to African states, 11 to Asian states, six to eastern European states, 10 to Latin American and Caribbean states and 13 to western European and other states.