GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS 18 MEMBERS TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

22 October 2008
GA/10770

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS 18 MEMBERS TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

22 October 2008
General Assembly
GA/10770
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-third General Assembly

Plenary

30th Meeting (AM)

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS 18 MEMBERS TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

The General Assembly today elected 18 members to the Economic and Social Council to serve three-year terms beginning 1 January 2009.

Those elected were Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Lichtenstein, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Peru, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

The 18 outgoing members were Angola, Austria, Benin, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Japan, Lichtenstein, Madagascar, Mauritania, Paraguay, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

The new members were elected according to the following pattern:  five from African States; three from Asian States; one from Eastern European States; four from Latin American and Caribbean States; and five from Western European and Other States.

Ahead of those elections, the Assembly approved a request from Iceland to relinquish its Council seat for the Group of Western European and Other States at the end of 2008, for the remainder of its term in favour of Norway.  Norway was then elected to the Council for a one-year term of office beginning 1 January 2009.

As of 1 January 2009, the remaining members of the Council will be Algeria, Barbados, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, Cape Verde, China, Congo, El Salvador, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Lucia, Somalia, Sudan, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Uruguay.

The Assembly will reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday, 27 October, to consider the annual report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Voting Results

Norway’s Election to Seat Vacated by Iceland

Ahead of the general elections for the Economic and Social Council, the Assembly President drew attention to a letter from Iceland (document A/63/493), announcing it would relinquish its seat for the Group of Western European and Other States at the end of 2008 for the remaining term, in favour of Norway, which would hold the seat until 31 December 2010.  The Assembly then elected Norway a member of the Council.

Western European and Other States (1 Seat)

Number of ballot papers:

182

Number of invalid ballots:

4

Number of valid ballots:

178

Abstentions:

8

Number of Members voting:

170

Required majority:

114

Number of votes obtained:

Norway

154

France

4

Germany

3

Greece

3

Portugal

3

Lichtenstein

1

Spain

1

Sweden

1

Economic and Social Council Membership

African States (5 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

184

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

184

Abstentions:

1

Number of Members voting:

183

Required majority:

122

Number of votes obtained:

Côte d’Ivoire

179

Namibia

179

Mauritius

178

Guinea-Bissau

177

Morocco

174

Asian States (3 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

184

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

184

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members voting:

184

Required majority:

123

Number of votes obtained:

Saudi Arabia

180

India

179

Japan

177

Eastern European States (1 Seat)

Number of ballot papers:

184

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

184

Abstentions:

7

Number of Members voting:

177

Required majority:

118

Number of votes obtained:

Estonia:

177

Latin American and Caribbean States (4 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

184

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

184

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members voting:

184

Required majority:

123

Number of votes obtained:

Guatemala

180

Saint Kitts and Nevis

180

Venezuela

177

Peru

176

Mexico

2

Haiti

1

Western European and Other States (5 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

184

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

184

Abstentions:

1

Number of Members voting:

183

Required majority:

122

Number of votes obtained:

Portugal

179

Germany

178

Greece

177

Lichtenstein

170

France

168

Spain

2

Turkey

1

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