India re-elected to UN Economic and Social Council

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India was among the 18 nations to win the Thursday’s election

The UN General Assembly on Thursday re-elected India to its Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for another term of three years.

“Another day, another election…India wins again. Thanks to the support of @UN Member States, India re-elected to ECOSOC (Eco & Social Council),” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin tweeted on Thursday.

India received 183 of the 188 votes and was among the 18 nations to win the Thursday’s election. It is the second highest number of votes after Japan in the Asia Pacific category, Hindustan Times reported.

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Pakistan, which also was seeking re-election to the UN body, however, lost the chance as it got only one vote.

Other nations elected with a two-third majority for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2018, are Belarus, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Japan, Malawi, Morocco, Philippines, Spain, Sudan, Togo, Turkey, and Uruguay.

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ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, responsible for coordinating the economic, social, and related work of 15 US specialized agencies, their functional commissions, and five regional commissions. It has 54 members and holds one four-week session each year in July.

The ECOSOC also 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. A number of non-governmental organizations have been granted consultative status to the Council to participate in the work of the United Nations.