General Assembly Elects 18 Members of Economic and Social Council

GA/11710
21 October 2015
Seventieth Session, 37th Meeting (AM)

General Assembly Elects 18 Members of Economic and Social Council

The General Assembly today elected 18 members of the Economic and Social Council to serve three-year terms beginning 1 January 2016.  Those elected today were Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Guyana, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, United States and Viet Nam.

The 18 outgoing members were Albania, Australia, Benin, Bolivia, Colombia, Croatia, Haiti, Italy, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius, Nepal, San Marino, South Africa, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and the United States.  Of those, Australia, Italy, South Africa and the United States were re-elected.

The new members were elected according to the following pattern:  five from African States; four from Asia-Pacific States; two from Eastern European States; three from Latin American and Caribbean States; and four from Western European and other States.

As of 1 January 2016, the remaining States making up the 54-member body will be Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mauritania, Pakistan, Panama, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

The General Assembly will reconvene at 3 p.m. on Monday, 26 October, to hold a discussion on “sport for development and peace”.

Voting results for General Elections

African States (5 Seats)

 

Number of ballot papers:

188

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

0

Number of Members present and voting:

188

Required majority:

126

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Algeria

185

Nigeria

184

Somalia

183

Rwanda

181

South Africa

180

Burundi

1

Cote D’Ivoire

1

Ethiopia

1

Asia-Pacific States (4 Seats)

 

Number of ballot papers:

188

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

1

Number of Members present and voting:

187

Required majority:

125

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Lebanon

182

Viet Nam

182

Afghanistan

179

Iraq

179

Mongolia

1

Philippines

1

Saudi Arabia

1

United Arab Emirates

1

Eastern European States (2 Seats)

 

Number of ballot papers:

188

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

4

Number of Members present and voting:

184

Required majority:

123

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Czech Republic

179

Republic of Moldova

179

Slovenia

1

Latin American and Caribbean States (3 Seats)

 

Number of ballot papers:

188

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

2

Number of Members present and voting:

186

Required majority:

124

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Guyana

182

Chile

180

Peru

180

Bahamas

1

Ecuador

1

Venezuela

1

Western European and Other States (4 Seats)

 

Number of ballot papers:

188

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

6

Number of Members present and voting:

182

Required majority:

122

Number of votes obtained by country:

 

Italy

178

Australia

172

Belgium

170

United States

169

Ireland

1

San Marino

1

Having obtained the required two-thirds majority, the following 18 States were elected members of the Economic and Social Council for a three‑year term beginning on 1 January 2016:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Guyana, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, United States and Viet Nam.

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