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22 Oct 2018

Belarus’ representative elected Vice President of UN Economic and Social Council

Belarus’ representative elected Vice President of UN Economic and Social Council

MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) - On 19 October 2018 the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected the Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations Valentin Rybakov to the post of a Vice-President of the ECOSOC for 2018/2019, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On the eve of the elections, the candidature of Belarus to the ECOSOC Bureau was unanimously endorsed by the members of the Eastern European Group.

“The election of the Belarusian representative to the ECOSOC Bureau confirms the high level of confidence of the Council Member States in Belarus, its authority in the international arena as an active and consistent supporter of sustainable development,” the ministry said.

The Economic and Social Council is one of the main UN bodies and a central body in the United Nations system in promoting all three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The Council is responsible for promoting the improvement of living standards, identifying ways to resolve international problems in the economic and social fields, and promoting universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The ECOSOC comprises of 54 states that are elected by the General Assembly for three years on a geographic basis. Six countries represent the region of Eastern Europe. Belarus was elected to this authoritative UN body for the period of 2018-2020.

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