India re-elected to United Nations Economic and Social Council

Jun 16, 2017 16:09 IST

United NationsThe 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 was elected to the ECOSOC with the backing of the Asian and Pacific group of nations.

India received 183 of the 188 votes to serve again on the 36-member UN body that guides sustainable development policies and coordinates the activities of several UN units and organisations working development and social and economic issues.

On the other hand, Japan received 185 votes, the highest number of votes for the three seats from the Asia-Pacific region, and the Philippines garnered 182 votes.

India will retake its seat in January 2018 when its current term ends.

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About Economic and Social Council

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

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

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.

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