UN-Women elects Nepal as board member

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 18, 2018-The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) has elected Nepal as a member of the Executive Board for the term 2019-2021.

Nepal’ Permanent Mission to the United Nations said the country would serve in this panel for the first time since its creation in 2010.

The UN body also elected India, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh and Mongolia from the Asia-Pacific region. It elected 17 countries from different geographical regions, by acclamation at the Co-ordination and Management Meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Monday in New York. The seats would be vacant from January 1, 2019, a UN statement said. 

The UN General Assembly established UN-Women in 2010 vide resolution 64/289 to improve the co-ordination and coherence of work on gender equality and women’s empowerment, replacing the UNIFEM or the United Nations Development Fund for Women. In January 2011, the UNIFEM merged into UN Women, a composite entity of the UN, with International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues (OSAGI), and Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW).

The UN also elected Nepal as a member of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) for the term 2019-2022. The elections were held at the same meeting of the ECOSOC on Monday.

As a member state requested for secret ballots, Nepal obtained 52 out of 53 valid votes of the 54 members of the ECOSOC. China, Thailand, and Iran were also elected to the Commission from the Asia-Pacific region. 

The CSTD provides the General Assembly and the ECOSOC with high-level advice on relevant issues through analysis and policy recommendations or options in order to enable those organs to guide the future work of the UN, develop common policies and agree on appropriate actions.  

Published: 18-04-2018 06:45

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