United Nations: India wins important UN's subsidiaries elections
(Sourced from PTI)
India has won an election to a crucial non-governmental organization committee in the UN after garnering the highest number of votes besides getting elected by acclamation to other subsidiary bodies in five separate polls. The UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which focuses on economic, social, and environmental development, held elections to a number of its subsidiary bodies in United Nations on Monday.
In one round of secret balloting, the Council elected Bahrain, China, India, and Pakistan in the Asia Pacific States category and Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Nicaragua (Latin American and Caribbean States) to serve a four-year term beginning on January 1, 2019. India got highest votes at 46, followed by Pakistan (43), Bahrain (40) and China 39. Iran lost elections, having got only 27 votes.
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations is a standing committee of ECOSOC and its main tasks include consideration of applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification submitted by NGOs and consideration of quadrennial reports submitted by NGOs in General and Special categories.
India was also elected by acclamation to the Commission on Population and Development for a term beginning April 16, 2018, and expiring in 2021. Under its terms of reference, the Commission is to assist the Council by arranging for studies and advising the Council on population issues and trends, integrating population and development strategies and population and related development policies and programs.
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 the 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 specialized inter-governmental agencies.
India was among the 17 members elected by acclamation to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The elected members, to serve a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2019, and expiring on December 31, 2021, include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Swaziland, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Thailand, Belarus, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico Austria, France, Turkey and the United States.
The Commission acts as the principal policy-making body of the UN in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. Its mandate includes improving international action to combat national and trans national crime and the efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration systems.
India was among 14 nations elected by acclamation by Council to Executive Board of the UN Development Program (UNDP), UNFPA, UNOPS. Elected members will serve three-year terms beginning January 2019. 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.