General Assembly Elects 18 Members of Economic and Social Council to Terms Beginning 1 January 2019

The General Assembly today elected 18 members of the Economic and Social Council to serve three-year terms beginning 1 January 2019.

Those elected were Angola, Armenia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Jamaica, Kenya, Luxembourg, Mali, Netherlands, Pakistan, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and the United States.  The 18 outgoing members were Afghanistan, Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czechia, Guyana, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, United States and Viet Nam.

The new members were elected according to the following pattern:  Five from African States; four from Asia-Pacific States; two from Eastern European States; three from Latin American and Caribbean States; and four from Western European and other States.

The Assembly also elected Cambodia, Malta and Yemen to complete the remaining terms of three current Council members who had decided to relinquish their seats before the end of their respective terms.  In doing so, Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák (Slovakia) announced that Tajikistan would relinquish its seat on the Council on 31 December 2018 for the remainder of the term, in favour of Cambodia; the United Arab Emirates would relinquish its seat in favour of Yemen; and Spain would relinquish its seat in favour of Malta.  The new members would fill those seats from 1 January until 31 December 2019, in the cases of Cambodia and Yemen, and in the case of Malta, expiring on 31 December 2020.

As of 1 January 2019, the remaining States making up the 54-member organ will be Andorra, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eswatini, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Japan, Malawi, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Togo, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yemen.

The Assembly will reconvene today at 3 p.m. to take up other matters.

Voting Results to Fill Remaining Terms of 3 Current Council Members

Asia-Pacific States (2 seats)

Number of ballot papers:

188

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

2

Number of Members present and voting:

186

Required majority:

124

Number of votes obtained by country:

Cambodia

183

Yemen

176

Timor-Leste

1

Western European and Other States (1 seat)

Number of ballot papers:

188

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

188

Abstentions:

3

Number of Members present and voting:

185

Required majority:

124

Number of votes obtained by country:

Malta

185

Voting Results for General Elections

African States (5 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

189

Abstentions:

2

Number of Members present and voting:

187

Required majority:

125

Number of votes obtained by country:

Kenya

184

Angola

183

Ethiopia

183

Mali

182

Egypt

178

Asia-Pacific States (4 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

189

Abstentions:

3

Number of Members present and voting:

186

Required majority:

124

Number of votes obtained by country:

Turkmenistan

181

Iran

175

Pakistan

175

Saudi Arabia

170

Eastern European States (2 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

189

Abstentions:

3

Number of Members present and voting:

186

Required majority:

124

Number of votes obtained by country:

Armenia

177

Ukraine

176

Georgia

1

Latin American and Caribbean States (3 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

189

Abstentions:

4

Number of Members present and voting:

185

Required majority:

124

Number of votes obtained by country:

Brazil

177

Jamaica

175

Paraguay

174

Costa Rica

1

Western European and Other States (4 Seats)

Number of ballot papers:

189

Number of invalid ballots:

0

Number of valid ballots:

189

Abstentions:

9

Number of Members present and voting:

180

Required majority:

120

Number of votes obtained by country:

Canada

174

Luxembourg

174

Netherlands

169

United States

159

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