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India elected to UN Statistical Commission

  • Category
    International Relations
  • Published
    7th Apr, 2023

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India was elected by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as a member of the UN Statistical Commission, returning to the world organisation's highest statistical body after a gap of two decades.

Significance of India’s membership:

  • India was a member of the Statistical Commission last in 2004 and the country is returning to the UN agency after a gap of two 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 valuable addition to the functioning of the UN Statistical Commission.

Austria, Armenia, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States were elected for the term of 4 years in office by secret ballot.

UN Statistical Commission:

  • The UN Statistical Commission, established in 1947, is the highest body of the global statistical system bringing together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world.
  • It is the highest decision-making body for international statistical activities, responsible for setting statistical standards and the development of concepts and methods, including their implementation at the national and international levels.
  • The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the United Nations elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council on the basis of equitable geographical distribution.
  • Regional representation:
    • Five members are from African States
    • four from Eastern European States
    • four from Latin American and Caribbean States
    • Seven members from Western European and other States.
  • The current members from the Asia-Pacific States are Japan (2024), Samoa (2024) as well as Kuwait and South Korea, whose terms are ending this year.

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