UNITED NATIONS, Nov 8 (KUNA) -- The General Assembly on Thursday
overwhelmingly elected Kuwait as member of the Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC) for the period 2013-2015, in recognition of its contribution to
The Assembly elected a total of 18 countries to the 54-member body to serve
overlapping three-year terms beginning January 1st 2013.
Kuwait was elected along with Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Nepal to
represent Asia. It ranked first among its Asian fellow candidates as it won
180 votes, the highest in the group.
Five Asian States ran for the four seats to be vacated on December 31st of
this year by Iraq, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Mongolia. Saudi Arabia was
not elected because it got the least votes.
The other elected members are the US, San Marino, Netherlands and Canada
for Western Europe and other states; Benin, Mauritius, Tunisia, South Africa
and Sudan for Africa; Croatia and Albania for Eastern European group;
Bolivia, Colombia, and Haiti for the Latin American group.
Kuwait, Tunisia and Sudan will join two other Arab countries already in the
ECOSOC: Qatar and Libya whose terms end in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Kuwait's election at ECOSOC comes as a result of its intensive efforts in
the diplomatic arena, which won it a membership at the UN Human Rights Council
Over the last several weeks, Kuwait's permanent delegate to the UN
Ambassador Mansour Ayyad Al-Otaibi had showcased to his counterparts of
various regional groups Kuwait's activities in the development field around
the world, as well as its volunteering contribution to many specialized UN
funds, and what Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) had provided
over the last five decades grants, aid and soft loans of over USD 18 billion
for more than 100 developing countries to help them attain long-lasting
Kuwait has acquired economic and social councils' membership twice since it
joined the UN in 1963, in which it was first elected in the 1967-1967 term,
and once again in the 1992-1994 term.
The world's economic, social and environmental challenges are ECOSOC's
concern. A founding UN Charter body established in 1946, the Council is the
place where such issues are discussed and debated, and policy recommendations
As such, ECOSOC has broad responsibility for some 70 percent of the human
and financial resources of the entire UN system, including 14 specialized
agencies, 9 "functional" commissions, and five regional commissions. (end)
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