18 New Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Members for 2013-2016


 

2012 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Elections

 

On November 8, 2012, 18 members were elected to serve on ECOSOC for a term beginning January 1, 2013.

 

Background: The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is comprised of 54 UN member states elected by the General Assembly for overlapping three-year terms. As with the Security Council, seats on ECOSOC are allotted according to geography, with fourteen given to African states, eleven to Asian states, six to Eastern European states, ten to Latin American and Caribbean states, and thirteen to Western European and other states.

 

Vacancies: The 18 seats filled in this election are outlined below:

 

Five from African states (previously occupied by Comoros, Egypt, Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia)

Four from Asia-Pacific states (previously occupied by Bangladesh, Iraq Mongolia and Philippines)

Two from Eastern European states (previously occupied by Slovakia and Ukraine)

Three from Latin American and Caribbean states (previously occupied by Argentina, Bahamas and Chile)

Four from Western European and other states (previously occupied by Canada, Italy, Netherlands and United States)

 

Candidates and Contested Seats:

 

·      Africa – Competing for five seats in this election were Benin, Mauritius, South Africa, Sudan and Tunisia; with five candidates seeking five available seats, none were contested in this election.

·      Asia-Pacific – Competing for four seats in this election were Bahrain, Cambodia, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Saudi Arabia and Turkmenistan; with seven candidates seeking four available seats, all seats were considered contested and therefore an election by secret ballot was needed.

·      Eastern Europe – Competing for two seats in this election were Albania and Croatia; with two candidates seeking two available seats, none were contested in this election.

·      Latin America and Caribbean – Competing for three seats in this election were Bolivia, Colombia and Haiti; with three candidates seeking three available seats, none were contested in this election.

·      Western Europe and others – Competing for four seats in this election were Andorra, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino and United States; with seven candidates seeking four available seats, all seats were considered contested and therefore an election by secret ballot was needed.

 

Results: Having obtained the requisite two-thirds majority of votes, the following countries were elected to the Council, and shall serve their terms beginning next year: Albania, Benin, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Haiti, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Nepal, Netherlands, San Marino, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and the United States. They will join Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Senegal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom to comprise the 54 member state Economic and Social Council beginning January 1, 2013.

 

(Information sourced from the Department of Public Information’s article “General Assembly Elects 18 Members of Economic and Social Council,” dated November 8, 2012)