Pakistan elected member of three key UN bodies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has secured the membership of three key UN bodies during elections held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The committees include the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD).

These commissions play a pivotal role in enhancing international cooperation on various social and economic issues. The elections were conducted at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a 54-member principal organ of the UN.

Pakistan’s election to CCPCJ and CPD was by the unanimous endorsement of all ECOSOC members. In the balloting to elect CSW members, Pakistan received 50 votes out of the total 54 votes. Pakistan will assume the membership of these three Commissions starting from 1st January 2022. China, Iran, Japan and Lebanon were also elected to the panel.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said Pakistan’s simultaneous election to these three important Commissions is a reflection of the international community’s confidence in Pakistan’s active role and constructive contributions at the United Nations.

He said Pakistan will continue to foster international cooperation for combating transnational organized crime and improving efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration system, promote gender equality and women empowerment and support initiatives aimed at assisting countries in developing their capacity to produce and analyze population data and information.

This is the sixth time Pakistan has been elected to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. Qatar, Thailand, India and Bahrain were also elected to the panel. Pakistan has been engaged in fostering international cooperation between the UN and its member states to combat national and transnational crime.

Pakistan last served on the Commission on the Status of Women from 2013 to 2017. The committee is dedicated to the promotion of gender equality empowerment of women.

The third panel – Commission on Population and Development — conducts demographic research, supports intergovernmental processes in the area of populations and development, and assists countries in developing their capacity to produce and analyse population data and information. Others elected to the panel included Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and China.