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Former senior diplomat Preity Saran was elected unopposed for the Asia Pacific seat in the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the United Nations. The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) on Wednesday announced the 18-member committee for experts to monitor the implementation of International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR), in which recently retired foreign ministry Secretary (East) was elected.
Saran will start the four-year term from January 1, 2019. After Saran was elected, India's permanent representative in the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tweeted, "Thanks to all our friends for selecting Indian candidate Premi Saran. Members of the CECR work as experts in their personal abilities and Do not represent your country, even if they have been nominated by your country.
India was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council in October, where representation is done by the country, not by the people. In the 193-member General Assembly, it got 188 votes. In November, India nominated Saran, who served in the Foreign Service , And his nomination was sent to the United Nations on November 23 by General Secretary Antonio Guterres. With the election of Saran, another woman joined the CESCR, whose 18-member panel has been criticized for having only five women. During his 36-year diplomatic career, Saran has also served as ambassador to Vietnam and has worked as a minister and advisor in the United Nations Mission in Geneva.