The 193-member UN General Assembly on Wednesday elected 18 members of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to serve a three-year term beginning January 1, 2015.

India was competing in the Asia-Pacific group, in which election was held for three seats.

India's term at ECOSOC was scheduled to end this year and it was re-elected after getting 183 votes, the highest in the Asia Pacific group, followed by Japan and Pakistan with 181 votes each.

A country required two-thirds majority of 124 to win a seat in the elections.

The win comes just a week after India got re-elected to the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the period of 2015-17.

India's current term at the human rights body was due to end on December 31st 2014.

India had competed in the Asia-Pacific group in which four seats were up for election and it received 162 votes, the highest number in the Asia-Pacific group.

Following the human rights council elections in the General Assembly, India's Ambassador to UN Asoke Mukerji had said that through the election victories, India has consistently proved that in UN family, its standing is a "high one".

He had said the re-election win is a "useful indicator" to show that "what India stands for in the international community is not only a perception of India but is backed-up by a vast majority of  UN membership."

In this context, Mukerji had underscored the importance and need for implementing the long-pending reform of  UN Security Council by the 70th anniversary of the world body next year.

The other 17 members to be elected to ECOSOC apart from India were Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Japan, Mauritania, Pakistan, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Of the 18 elected, Austria, Burkina Faso, France, Germany, Greece, India, Japan and Portugal were re-elected.

The new members were elected according to a pattern of -- five from African States, three from Asia-Pacific States, one from Eastern European States, four from Latin American and Caribbean States, and five from Western European and other States.

Ahead of the election, the Assembly also declared 13 states nominated by the Council, namely Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatoria, Guinea, Namibia, Iran, Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine, Brazil, Cuba, Uruguay, Venezuela and Italy elected members of the Committee for Programme and Coordination --- the main subsidiary organ of the Council and the Assembly for planning, programming and coordination.

Their three-year term of office would begin on January 1, 2015.

ECOSOC's 54 members are elected by the General Assembly for overlapping three-year terms.

Seats on the Council are allotted based on geographical representation with 14 allocated to African States, 11 to Asian States, six to Eastern European States, 10 to Latin American and Caribbean States, and 13 to Western European and other States.

ECOSOC, one of the six main organs of the United Nations, is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the international.

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