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Estonia was elected as a member of the UN Economic and Social Council

29.10.2014

Today, on October 29, Estonia was elected as a member of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) with 182 votes in favour. Estonia's membership in ECOSOC will begin on January 1, 2015 and lasts for three years, until December 31, 2017.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia’s priorities in the UN Economic and Social council are the protection of human rights, ensuring the rule of law and good governance, freedom of the Internet, indigenous peoples' rights and humanitarian issues. “In addition, membership in ECOSOC will give Estonia the chance to increase its visibility globally, strengthen ties with developing countriesl, contributing to guaranteeing peace and security and to quick and effective co-ordination in humanitarian crises,” Foreign Minister Paet said.

ECOSOC is the United Nations principal body dealing with economic and social issues. ECOSOC’s mission is to promote economic development, the protection of human rights and international cooperation in various social areas and to coordinate the activities of the UN’s specialized agencies, funds and programs. The Council initiates or conducts research, provides recommendations, prepares conventions and organizes international conferences. ECOSOC will begin discussing issues of development and monitoring the implementation of the post-2015 objectives of sustainable development.
ECOSOC’s 54 members are elected by the UN General Assembly. Estonia was a member of ECOSOC for the first time in 2009-2011.

Estonia has also announced its candidacy for a non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the period 2020-2021.

Additional information about ECOSOC can be found on their website: http://www.un.org/ecosoc/

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