India elected to the highest UN statistical body for a 4-year term


EAM Dr Jaishankar with the team of Permanent Mission of India to the UN in New York

India is returning to the Statistical Commission after a gap of 2 decades. The term will begin from 1st January 2024.

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India was elected by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations as a member of the UN Statistical Commission, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). These are important subsidiary bodies of the ECOSOC. Dr S Jaishankar, India’s external affairs minister, tweeted that India’s expertise in the field of democracy has earned it a seat on the UN statistical Commission. He congratulated the team of Permanent Mission of India at New York, for coming so strongly in a competitive election.

The Statistical Commission is the highest body dealing with international statistical activities and is responsible for standards setting in the field of statistics. India was a member of the Statistical Commission last in 2004. Thus, India is returning to the Statistical Commission after a gap of 2 decades. The experience of India in the field of official statistics especially with regard to its diversity and demography is immense and will be a value addition to the functioning of the Statistical Commission.

The Commission on Narcotic Drugs supervises the application of international drug control treaties, while the Programme Coordinating Board of UNAIDS supports and provides strategic direction for an international response to HIV/AIDS.

The overwhelming support received by India in elections reflects the trust reposed by the international community on India’s expertise in these bodies. Guided by the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The World is One Family’, India will strive to make its due contributions in these and other organs, in the spirit of advancing multilateral solutions to global challenges, the press release said.

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