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Pakistan has been elected member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for a three-year term starting 1st January, 2015, by securing 181 out of a total of 186 votes cast by Member States at the election held at the United Nations General Assembly on 29 October 2014.

This overwhelming support of the international community manifests confidence in Pakistan’s diplomacy and is an acknowledgment and appreciation of Pakistan’s longstanding commitment and contribution to the United Nations.

ECOSOC is one of the principal organs of the United Nations mandated with the important task of coordination, policy review and formulating recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.

Pakistan’s election as a member of ECOSOC comes at a critical time when the UN-led deliberations to shape the Post-2015 Development Agenda are underway. Pakistan has remained actively engaged in this process. Upon taking seat at the ECOSOC next year, Pakistan will continue its constructive engagement with the international community to help shape the Post – 2015 Development Agenda, which will have elimination of abject poverty by 2030 as its overarching goal.

Pakistan will work with Member States to make the ECOSOC stronger and more responsive to the contemporary social, economic and environmental challenges.

Pakistan has previously served on the ECOSOC on multiple occasions.


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