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India elected as member to UN’s Programme on HIV/AIDS

According to a statement made by India’s permanent mission to the United Nations in New York, India has been elected as a member of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Although the Programme Coordinating Board of UNAIDS supports and provides strategic direction for an international response to HIV/AIDS, the Commission on Narcotic Drugs supervises the execution of international drug control treaties. India has also been elected to the highest statistical body of the UN for a four-year term.

“The Statistical Commission is the highest body dealing with international statistical activities and is responsible for standards set in the field of statistics. India was a member of the Statistical Commission last in 2004,” the statement read.

“Thus, India is returning to the Statistical Commission after a gap of two decades. The experience of India in the field of official statistics especially with regard to its diversity and demography is immense and will be a value addition to the functioning of the Statistical Commission,” the statement added.

The support they received during the election, according to India’s permanent mission to the UN in response to the results, demonstrates the trust the international community has in India’s abilities in these bodies.

In order to advance multilateral solutions to global challenges, India will work to contribute appropriately in these and other organs, guided by the principle of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “The World is One Family.”

Jaishankar also reacted to India being elected to the statistical body.

Jaishankar tweeted, “India elected to the highest UN statistical body for a 4-year term beginning on 1 January 2024! Congrats Team @IndiaUNNewYork for coming through so strongly in a competitive election.”

Moreover, he stated that India’s expertise in statistics, diversity, and demography had earned it a place on the UN Statistical Commission. India secured 46 out of 53 votes in the recently concluded UN Statistical Commission election, decisively surpassing competitors ROK (23), China (19), and UAE (15).  According to the sources, there were four candidates running for two seats in this multi-cornered election.

Source: ANI

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