United Nations, September 15
In a major victory, India obtained elected as Member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the principal world physique centered on gender equality and ladies empowerment, beating China in a hotly-contested election.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a purposeful fee of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The 54-member ECOSOC, holding the primary plenary assembly of its 2021 session within the General Assembly Hall on Monday, held elections for 2 seats within the Asia-Pacific States class with Afghanistan, India and China within the fray.
Afghanistan, which is led by Ambassador Adela Raz on the UN, garnered 39 votes and India obtained 38 votes of the 54 ballots forged.
China, a everlasting member of the UN Security Council, obtained solely 27 votes and couldn’t even cross the half-way mark and in addition did not get the required majority of 28 votes.
“India wins seat in prestigious #ECOSOC body! India elected Member of Commission on Status of Women #CSW. It’s a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in all our endeavours. We thank member states for their support,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti tweeted.
India beat China within the hotly-contested election to the celebrated UN physique within the yr when the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, that was held in Beijing in 1995, is being commemorated world wide.
It is very notable and telling that China misplaced the election to the UN’s principal world intergovernmental physique solely devoted to the promotion of gender equality and ladies empowerment when the silver jubilee anniversary of the landmark Beijing convention on ladies is being commemorated and of which China takes a variety of possession on.
The election result’s being seen as sending a powerful sign about China’s personal report of ladies’s equality and empowerment.
India’s Permanent Mission to the UN labored tirelessly for the hard-fought election, reaching out and sensitising all Member States, sources mentioned.
India and Afghanistan will be part of Argentina, Austria, Dominican Republic, Israel, Latvia, Nigeria, Turkey and Zambia, which had been elected by acclamation, to the Commission on the Status of Women for a four-year time period starting from 2021-2025.
India’s election win on the CSW is very important because it comes on the eve of India gearing as much as sit on the UN Security Council excessive desk as non-permanent member for a two-year time period starting January 1, 2021.
Former UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri congratulated the Indian Mission and Ambassador Tirumurti on the election win.
“Victory Earned! #CSW is an important normsetting organ for #Gender #Equality & #WomenEmpowerment & #India has made a significant contribution to evolving global women’s human rights standards in UN including #SDG5 in Agenda 2030!,” she tweeted, referring to the Sustainable Development Goal of attaining gender equality and empower all ladies and ladies.
The Commission on the Status of Women is instrumental in selling ladies’s rights, documenting the truth of ladies’s lives all through the world, and shaping world requirements on gender equality and the empowerment of ladies.
In 1996, ECOSOC expanded the Commission’s mandate and determined that it ought to take a number one function in monitoring and reviewing progress and issues within the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN actions. PTI