NEW YORK CITY - Indonesia has been elected to the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from the Asia-Pacific group for the 2021-2023 term.

The ECOSOC election took place behind closed doors at the UN headquarters in New York City, United States on Wednesday (17/6). According to an official statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the election was held without a plenary session to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In the election, Indonesia managed to win 186 of 190 votes. Japan and the Solomon Islands have also been elected from the Asia-Pacific group.

Other countries elected to the council are Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico from the Latin America group; Bulgaria from the Eastern European group; Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe from the Africa group; and Austria, France, Germany, the UK, and Portugal from the Western Europe and Other States group.

As an ECOSOC member, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia will actively push for Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and increase involvement with UN agencies under the council such as the World Bank Group, IMF, ICAO, WHO, and UNESCO.

This is the 12th time that Indonesia has been elected to ECOSOC. Previously, the country served in the council in 1956-1958, 1969-1971, 1974-1975, 1979-1981, 1984-1986, 1989-1991, 1994-1996, 1999-2001, 2004-2006, 2007-2009, and 2012-2014. (MS)