On April 19, 2017 elections to the subsidiary bodies of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) were held at the organisational session of ECOSOC, which is held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Belarus was unanimously elected to several ECOSOC subsidiary bodies: to the Executive Board of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC) and to the Commission for Social Development (CSocD).
Background Information: The UNICEF Executive Board is the governing body of the Fund, which reviews UNICEF activities and approves its policies and budget, adopts country programs. The Executive Board consists of 36 Members that represent the five regional groups at the United Nations.
The UN Committee on Programme and Coordination reviews the implementation of UN programs, evaluates the results achieved and makes proposals for the program and budget activities of the Organization. The committee consists of 31 Member States of the United Nations.
The Commission for Social Development is a main subsidiary body of ECOSOC for international cooperation in the social field, which advises ECOSOC on social policies of a general character and on all matters in the social field not covered by the specialised agencies of the United Nations. The commission comprises 46 UN Member States.
On the eve of the elections, the candidature of Belarus was unanimously endorsed for election to all these bodies by the Members of the Eastern European Group.
The unanimous election of Belarus to UN bodies demonstrates the high level of confidence of the ECOSOC Members in Belarus and its’ respected standing on the international arena.