Nations: India and 17 other countries were Monday
elected as new members of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The other new members are Belarus, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cuba, the
Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Germany,
Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Lesotho, Libya, Nigeria, Spain and
Turkey, Xinhua reported.
The new members will begin their three-year terms beginning Jan 1,
ECOSOC is the coordinating body for economic and social work of
the UN agencies. It serves as a forum for discussing policy
matters as well as making recommendations.
At any given time, 54 nations serve in the council, and are
elected for overlapping terms based on geographic groupings to
ensure that a diversity of regions are represented.
Through its discussions on international economic and social
issues, the ECOSOC plays a key role in fostering cooperation for