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20 Apr 2017

Belarus elected to several ECOSOC bodies

MINSK, 20 April (BelTA) - The organizational session of ECOSOC at the UN headquarters in New York featured the elections to the subsidiary bodies of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), BelTA has learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Belarus was unanimously elected to several ECOSOC subsidiary bodies: the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC) and the Commission for Social Development (CSocD).

On the eve of the elections Belarus’ candidature was unanimously endorsed by the members of the Eastern European Group.

“The unanimous election of Belarus to UN bodies demonstrates a high level of confidence that the ECOSOC members have in Belarus and its prestige in the international arena,” the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The press service also clarified that the UNICEF Executive Board is the Fund’s governing body which reviews UNICEF activities, approves its policies and budget, and adopts country programs. The Executive Board comprises 36 members that represent five regional groups at the United Nations.

The UN Committee for Programme and Coordination reviews the implementation of UN programs, evaluates the results achieved and makes proposals for the program and budget activities of the Organization. The committee consists of 31 UN member states.

The Commission for Social Development is the main subsidiary body of ECOSOC for international cooperation in the social field, which advises ECOSOC on social policies of a general character and on all matters in the social field not covered by the specialized agencies of the United Nations. The commission comprises 46 UN Member States.

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