Israel Elected to Serve on UN Economic and Social Council

June 9, 2021
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Ambassador Gilad Erdan

Wednesday, 9 June 2021 | For the first time, Israel has been elected to serve on one of the main organs of the United Nations, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), following intensive efforts by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel’s permanent mission to the UN in New York, including by the head of [the] mission, Ambassador Gilad Erdan.

In elections that were held [on June 7], Israel received 153 votes and will serve from 2022 to 2023 in this important and prestigious body, which is comprised of 54 members elected according to geographical allotment.

Israel wishes to thank all its friends who supported its candidacy.

The election of Israel to the council marks a significant milestone in the ongoing battle against the discrimination of Israel in the UN.

The election results also represent recognition of Israel’s abilities and status in all areas of sustainable development, which are dealt with by the council in the economic, social, humanitarian and environmental fields.

Israel’s membership in the council will allow it to continue to play an important and meaningful role in the global arena, with an emphasis on advancing numerous social and economic matters at the council level—for example, in innovation, fighting climate change, gender equality and advancing the rights of people with disabilities, in addition to the biennial resolutions Israel initiates in the UN’s General Assembly.

Posted on June 9, 2021

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by the Ministry of Public Affairs on June 7, 2021. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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