India wins elections to key UN subsidiary bodies

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 17, 2018, 11.51 AM (IST)

India has won an election to a crucial non-governmental organisation committee in the UN after garnering the highest number of votes besides getting elected by acclamation to other subsidiary bodies in five separate polls.

India had an election within the Asia-Pacific group only for the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Committee in which it got the highest number of votes - at 46 - followed by Pakistan at 43 and Chine got 39.  The Council elected by acclamation 11 other nations to serve the same four-year term.

India was elected by acclamation in all the six elections by the entire ECOSOC, which comprises all the 193 members of the UN.

The ECOSOC focusses on advancing the three dimensions of sustainable development economic, social and environmental.

Following the elections, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told PTI that the "results reflect, yet again, the broad support and many friends India has amongst UN members".

The Council elected India and Kuwait (Asia-Pacific States) by acclamation to the Commission for Social Development, filling outstanding seats for a four-year term beginning on the date of election.

The Commission's purpose was to advise ECOSOC on social policies of a general character and, in particular, on all matters in the social field not covered by the specialised inter-governmental agencies.

India was among the 17 members elected by acclamation to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. India will start immediately on the Commission on Population and Development and its term will end in September 2021.

India will serve a four-year term starting immediately on the Commission for Social Development.

On the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, India will serve a three-year term starting January 2019.

The Commission acts as the principal policymaking body of the UN in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. Its mandate includes improving international action to combat national and transnational crime and the efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration sytems.

India was among 14 nations elected by acclamation by the Council to the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

For the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), the Council elected by acclamation 16 members, including India, for a three-year term beginning January 2019.