Once again the nation has proved its worth at international level.India has won an election to a crucial non-governmental organisation committee in the UN after garnering the highest number of votes besides getting elected by acclamation to other subsidiary bodies in five separate polls.
According to Economic Times Report The UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held elections to a number of its subsidiary bodies on Monday. The Economic and Social Council focuses on advancing the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.
Following the elections, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin told PTI that the “results reflect, yet again, the broad support and many friends India has amongst UN members”.India topped the election to the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations.
Thanks to the support of our many friends, India tops another election @UN ??
Results of voting for 4 winning candidates from Asia-Pacific for Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations
India 46 votes
Pakistan 43 votes
Bahrain 40 votes
China 39 votes pic.twitter.com/qdHkc29iOc
— Syed Akbaruddin (@AkbaruddinIndia) April 17, 2018
In one round of secret balloting, the Council elected Bahrain, China, India and Pakistan in the Asia Pacific States category and Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Nicaragua (Latin American and Caribbean States) to serve a four-year term beginning on January 1, 2019.
India got the highest number of votes at 46, Iran lost the elections, having got only 27 votes. The Council elected by acclamation 11 other nations to serve the same four-year term.
Results of voting for 4 winning candidates from Asia-Pacific for Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations is as stated
India -46 votes
Pakistan- 43 votes
Bahrain- 40 votes
China -39 votes
This majority can be interpreted as a result of India’s rising image under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the effective diplomatic machinery that’s evolved in the last four years.Along with this, India’s humanitarian efforts like providing monetary and human aid in Nepal after the devastating earthquake, and Operation Rahat in Yemen have also raised India’s respect.
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations is a standing committee of Economic and Social Council and its main tasks include consideration of applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification submitted by NGOs and consideration of quadrennial reports submitted by NGOs in General and Special categories.
India was also elected by acclamation to the Commission on Population and Development for a term beginning April 16, 2018 and expiring in 2021. Under its terms of reference the Commission is to assist the Council by arranging for studies and advising the Council on population issues and trends, integrating population and development strategies and population and related development policies and programme.
The Council elected India and Kuwait (Asia-Pacific States) by acclamation to the Commission for Social Development, filling outstanding seats for a four-year term beginning on the date of election.The Commission’s purpose was to advise Economic and Social Council on social policies of a general character and, in particular, on all matters in the social field not covered by the specialised inter-governmental agencies.
India was among the 17 members elected by acclamation to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The elected members, to serve a three-year term beginning on January 1, 2019 and expiring on December 31, 2021 include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Swaziland, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Thailand, Belarus, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico Austria, France, Turkey and the United States.
The Commission acts as the principal policymaking body of the UN in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. Its mandate includes improving international action to combat national and transnational crime and the efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration sytems.
India was among 14 nations elected by acclamation by the Council to the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The elected members will serve three-year terms beginning January, 2019.
For the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), the Council elected by acclamation 16 members, including India, for a three-year term beginning January 2019.
India’s clout as a global power is rising rapidly and the primary reason for this is the nation being the fastest growing large economy. As India’s economy grows, its say in international matters rises. With that comes further strengthening of the armed forces which is a must in the current scenario where tension of conflicts is rising. The Modi government deserves the credit as India is in a diplomatic sweet-spot at the moment.