Pakistan regains membership of two key UN bodies
DUBAI: Pakistan on Monday won a four year term for the Administrative Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) during elections held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to a statement released by the ministry, Pakistan was one of the 13 countries elected to this important body from Asia and Australasia region. Pakistan secured 155 out of a total of 177 votes cast.
Pakistan’s re-election to this council demonstrates a strong vote of confidence of the international community in Pakistan’s advances in the ICT infrastructure and platforms. This re-election is also recognition of the important role and contribution that Pakistan has made and can also play in the global ICT policy arena, reads the statement.
Separately, on last Friday in New York, Pakistan was also re-elected to the United Nations Committee on Contributions (CoC) by acclamation. The Committee on Contributions is one of the key UN bodies that works on the methodology to determine each UN member state’s individual mandatory share of financial contribution to the United Nations budget.
Pakistan, on January 14, had been elected to the United Nations Economic and Social Council for a three-year term starting January 1, 2019 during elections held at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
According to Foreign Office spokesperson, Pakistan had secured 175 votes out of a total of 186 votes cast and is one of the four countries elected to this important body from the Asia Pacific region.
He said that Pakistan’s election is an endorsement and reaffirmation of the constructive leadership in these important areas and its role as an ardent advocate of dialogue and cooperation.
He further said said Pakistan’s membership comes at an important juncture as the United Nations heads towards the mid-term review of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).