GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS 18 MEMBERS TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL FOR THREE-YEAR TERMS BEGINNING 1 JANUARY 2006

17 October 2005
GA/10405

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS 18 MEMBERS TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL FOR THREE-YEAR TERMS BEGINNING 1 JANUARY 2006

17/10/2005
General Assembly
GA/10405
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixtieth General Assembly

Plenary

34th Meeting (AM)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS 18 MEMBERS TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

FOR THREE-YEAR TERMS BEGINNING 1 JANUARY 2006

The General Assembly this morning elected 18 members to the United Nations Economic and Social Council to serve for three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2006.

Those elected today were Angola, Austria, Benin, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Japan, Madagascar, Mauritania, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka and Turkey. 

They will fill the seats vacated on 31 December by Azerbaijan, Benin, Congo, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain and Turkey. 

As of 1 January 2006, the remaining members of the Council will be Albania, Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, and the United States.

The 18 were to be elected according to the following pattern:  five from Africa, three from Asia, one from Eastern Europe, four from Latin America and the Caribbean, and five from Western European and Other States.

All the regional groups had endorsed just enough candidates to fill the available seats, with the exception of the Latin American and Caribbean States, which had endorsed Cuba, Guyana, Haiti, Paraguay and Uruguay for its four available seats on the panel.

The Assembly will reconvene on Thursday, 20 October, to take up “Culture of Peace” and “Global Agenda for Dialogue among Civilizations”.

Voting Results

The results of the balloting were, as follows:

African States

Total number of ballots:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

189

Abstentions:

1

Number of members voting:

188

Required majority:

126

Number of votes received:

Angola

186

Benin

183

Guinea-Bissau

180

Madagascar

184

Mauritania

181

Asian States

Total number of ballots:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

1

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

1

Number of members voting:

187

Required majority:

125

Number of votes received:

Japan

180

Myanmar

1

Saudi Arabia

182

Sri Lanka

180

Eastern European States

Total number of ballots:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

3

Number of valid ballots:

186

Abstentions:

12

Number of members voting:

174

Required majority:

116

Number of votes received:

Czech Republic

173

Azerbaijan

1

Latin American and Caribbean States

Total number of ballots:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

1

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

0

Number of members voting:

188

Required majority:

126

Number of votes received:

Cuba

154

Grenada

1

Guyana

158

Haiti

138

Nicaragua

1

Paraguay

160

Uruguay

121

Western European and Other States

Total number of ballots:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

1

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

5

Number of members voting:

183

Required majority:

122

Number of votes received:

Australia

1

Austria

175

France

175

Germany

174

Greece

1

Ireland

4

Spain

173

Turkey

172

The following States received the required two-thirds majority and would become members of the Council:  Angola, Austria, Benin, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Japan, Madagascar, Mauritania, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Turkey.

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