India beats China to secure seat in UN’s ECOSOC body

New Delhi (NVI): India secured its place as a member of the United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (CSW), a body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), said TS Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations.

India will be a member of the prestigious
ECOSOC body for four years, 2021 to 2025.

Taking to Twitter, Tirumurti said, “India wins seat in prestigious ECOSOC body! India elected member of Commission on Status of Women (CSW). It’s a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all our endeavours. We thank member states for their support,” he added.

Notably, three countries including, India, Afghanistan and China had contested for the elections to reserve a seat in the Commission on Status of Women.

Of the two members to be elected from the Asia-Pacific states, India secured 38 of the 54 ballots. On the other hand, Afghanistan secured 39 ballots, China secured 27, could not even cross the half-way mark.

Earlier on June 18, India was elected as one of the non-permanent members to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) after securing 184 votes out of the total 192.

However, it’s for the eighth time that India has been elected to UNSC. The country has served seven times earlier.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the ECOSOC, one of the main UN organs within the United Nations. The UNCSW is described as the UN organ promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.