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India beats China to becomes member of UN’s ECOSOC body

In a recent development, India has now been elected as a member of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW) which is a body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

TS Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations, on Monday, informed that India will be its member for the next four years i.e., 2021 to 2025.
Tirumurti wrote on twitter, “”India wins seat in prestigious ECOSOC body! India elected member of the Commission on Status of Women (CSW). It’s a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all our endeavors. We thank member states for their support.”

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Reportedly, three countries including, India, China, and Afghanistan had contested the elections to the United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women. While New Delhi and Kabul won the poll among the 54 members, China could not cross the half-way mark.

The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the ECOSOC, it was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946.

The CSW promotes women’s rights, highlights the reality of women’s lives throughout the world and helps in shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
45 member states of the United Nations serve as members of the Commission at any one time.

The Commission consists of one representative from each of the 45 member states elected by the Economic and Social Council on the basis of equitable geographical distribution:
13 members from Africa, 11 from Asia, nine from Latin America and Caribbean, eight from Western Europe and other States, and four from Eastern Europe.

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