Brazil is among the 18 countries elected Wednesday (Jun. 13) to United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council. The country received 177 votes. Ecosoc has 54 state members, elected by the UN General Assembly for three-year terms. Brazil starts its tenure on January 1, 2019, and ends on December 31, 2021.
In a message on Twitter, Brazil’s New York Mission with the UN declared it is “proud” of the country’s election. The Mission congratulated all the new members and said that Brazil is looking forward to working with them.
The seats of the UN Economic and Social Council are distributed according to geographic representation, with 14 assigned to African states, 11 to Latin American and the Caribbean, and 13 to Western Europe and Other States.
As for the African group, Angola, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali, and Kenya joined yesterday. Representing Latin America and the Caribbean, Jamaica and Paraguay were selected, in addition to Brazil.
In the group for Asia and the Pacific, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkmenistan were chosen. For Easter Europe, Armenia and Ukraine garnered most votes. The countries chosen representing Western Europe and Other States are Canada, the US, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
Ecosoc is the agency in charge of coordinating the economic and social work of the UN, its specialized agencies and other institutions making up the UN System. The council devises recommendations and launches activities linked to development, international trade, industrialization, natural resources, human rights, women, population, science and technology, crime prevention, social welfare, and a number of other issues.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco), and the UN Human Rights Council belong to Ecosoc.
*With information from UN News