TALLINN, Jan 17, BNS - Estonia was elected a vice president of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the Jan. 15 session of the body.
The duties of vice president will be performed by Estonia's permanent representative at the United Nations, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann, the press service of the Foreign Ministry said.
The council deals with several issues of importance to Estonia, such as development cooperation, human rights and humanitarian questions.
Membership in ECOSOC gives Estonia an opportunity to increase its visibility in the international arena, forge closer ties with developing countries and focus on the sphere of humanitarian aid. The country will also be able to continue active efforts to bring equality and improvement of women's situation into sharper focus in development activities of the UN, the ministry said.
ECOSOC is the world organization's principal body for promoting economic development, protection of human rights and international cooperation in social affairs and for coordinating the activity of UN special agencies, programs and funds. The council initiates and conducts research, gives recommendations, prepares conventions and organizes international conferences. The 54 members of ECOSOC are elected by the UN General Assembly.
The other vice presidents of ECOSOC come from Malaysia, El Salvador and Mauritania.
Estonia's membership in ECOSOC started on Jan. 1 and runs for three years.
Estonia has also made a bid for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council starting from 2012 and the Security Council from 2020.