17 countries elected to the United Nations Economic and Social Council for a 3-year term

Seventeen states were elected Friday to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the coordinating body for the economic and social work of UN agencies and funds, for a three-year term.

States were elected by secret ballot by a two-thirds majority of Member States present and voting in the United Nations General Assembly.

Were elected Botswana, Cape Verde, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea among the African States; China, Laos, Qatar, South Korea from Asia-Pacific States; Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica for Latin American and Caribbean States; Denmark, Greece, New Zealand, Western European Sweden and other states; Slovakia and Slovenia from Eastern European States.

They were elected for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2023.

Of the 17 states, Botswana, China, Colombia, Denmark, Greece, New Zealand and South Korea won re-election.

In a by-election by rotation within the group of Western European and other States, Liechtenstein was elected for a one-year term starting on January 1, 2023. It will replace Austria.

After Friday’s vote, one seat remains to be filled for the Eastern European group for a three-year term starting on January 1, 2023, as no other candidate apart from Slovakia and Slovenia was able to obtain a two-thirds majority after six ballots.

In the first round, Russia won 118 votes, 10 votes less than a two-thirds majority. He entered a second round with North Macedonia, which received the second most votes in the group after Russia.

In the following rounds, first restrictive and then non-restrictive, neither Russia nor North Macedonia could obtain enough votes to be elected. A new series of rounds will take place at a later date to be determined.

ECOSOC has 54 members, who are elected annually by the General Assembly for overlapping three-year terms. Council seats are allocated on the basis of geographical representation with 14 seats to African states, 11 to Asia-Pacific states, six to Eastern European states, 10 to Latin American and Caribbean states and 13 to Western Europe and other states.

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