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Belarus elected to ECOSOC commissions

MINSK, 28 April (BelTA) – On 26 April the UN headquarters hosted the elections to a number of functional commissions of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Republic of Belarus has been elected to the Commission on the Status of Women for 2013-2017 and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice for 2013-2015, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

The Commission on the State of Women comprises 45 states representing all parts of the globe. It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. “Belarus’ election into this important body of the United Nations attests to the acknowledgement by the international community of Belarus’ active position in the issues of advancing gender equality in the UN and high assessment of Belarus national achievements in encouragement of women’s rights,” the Foreign Ministry said. Being a part of the commission Belarus will be able to exchange ideas, experience, and efficient working methods in the name of commitments to encourage and protect women’s rights.

The ECOSOC members were unanimous in supporting Belarus’ candidature for the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice for 2013-2015. Belarus has been the member of this international body many times. “Here Belarus aims at strengthening collective efforts in the global fight against the organized crime, improving the system of the international criminal justice, contributing to the UN international cooperation in crime prevention,” the Foreign Ministry said.