Bangladesh becomes Ecosoc member

Staff Correspondent

16 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has secured its membership at Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN) from the Asia-Pacific region for a three-year term after bagging 181 votes out of 191 in a secret ballot.

The election was held at the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday presided over by President María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, according to a press release issued on Saturday.

Thailand, South Korea and China were also elected to the 54-member committee from the region. The UN panel aims to provide a platform for multilateral diplomacy and economic and social development throughout the world.

Diplomats have hailed the win as further recognition of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's leadership in taking the country forward.

“It is an outstanding achievement for the people of Bangladesh ahead of the celebrations to mark the centenary birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the golden jubilee of the country’s independence,” said the Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen.

Through the membership of ECOSOC, Bangladesh will be able to work more intensively in implementing the Agenda 2030 through various forums, commissions, committees, executive boards and regional forums such as UNESCAP under ECOSOC.

This will also enable the country to share its best developmental practices with the rest of the world, mentioned the ambassador, according to the press release.