Nigeria wins UN Economic, Social Council seat

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Nigeria to fill a vacant seat at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the economic arm of the world body.

Nigeria will hold the position for a three-year term, beginning from January 1, next year.

Reports have it that out of the member states of the 18 vacant seats of the Council, Nigeria is the only country that got all the votes of the members.

No abstention, no vote against as all the 191 member states in the hall voted for Nigeria.

Other 17 countries to serve with Nigeria are France, Germany, Haiti, Japan, Kenya, Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Poland, Senegal, Spain, Suriname, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Zambia

The member states also elected Türkiye in a by-election for a seat vacated by Greece in the Western European and other groups. Türkiye’s term, billed to start in January next, will run through December 2052.

In that same election, UNGA members voted to fill the ongoing vacancy in the Eastern European Group.

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