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India & Afghanistan Win Seats On UN's Prestigious ECOSOC; Votes Show China's Drubbing

Defeating China at the UN, India has been selected as a member of the United Nations's Commission on Status of Women, a body of the Economic and Social Council

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Defeating China at the United Nations, India has been selected as a member of the UN's Commission on Status of Women, a body of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). TS Tirumurti, permanent representative of India to the United Nations took to Twitter and announced that India has won a "seat in prestigious ECOSOC body!"

'India wins seat in prestigious ECOSOC body!'

"It's a ringing endorsement of our commitment to promote gender equality and women's empowerment in all our endeavours. We thank member states for their support," he said.

India, Afghanistan and China had contested the elections to the Commission on Status of Women. Even as India and Afghanistan won the ballot among the 54 members, China could not cross the half-way mark. This year is the 25th anniversary of the famous Beijing World Conference on Women (1995). India will be a member of United Nation's Commission on Status of Women for four years, 2021 to '25.

India's veiled jibe at China and Pakistan

Meanwhile, in a veiled reference to Pakistan and China, India on Monday said that when some countries were taking advantage of COVID-19 pandemic to enhance terrorism or adopt aggressive policies, it has been rushing medical supplies and strengthen national health capacities to mitigate the socio-economic impact on vulnerable countries. TS Tirumurti made the remarks at the commemoration of the third anniversary of the India-UN Development Partnership Fund.

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"India gives priority to sustainability and demand-driven projects, and shuns efforts to impose conditionalities or create indebtedness or constrain developmental space of developing countries," he added. The envoy said that the essence of India's development partnership was articulated by Swami Vivekananda. "Each nation must give in order to live. When you give, you will have life; when you receive, you must pay for it by giving to all others," he quoted Swami Vivekananda as saying.

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(With agency inputs)

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