In a shoulder-to- shoulder election, India has registered an important victory which has elected it in UN Statistical Commission for a four-year period. South Korea and China are still in the run to get the remaining seats from Asia Pacific region.
Winning the first position India stood with 46 out of 53 votes. While, the second winner is yet to be decided between South Korea and China.
The election process will resume again for electing the other members.
Argentina, Slovenia, United Republic of Tanzania, Sierra Leone and United States of America were all elected along with India for a period of four-year starting from January 1, 2024.
“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,” said Union Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in a tweet.
Boasting India’s expertise he further said, “expertise in the field of statistics, diversity & demography has earned it a seat on the UN Statistical Commission.”
Presently, the states from Asia-Pacific states include Samoa, Kuwait, Japan and Republic of Korea. The terms of all these countries will be ending this year.
Established in 1947, the United Nations Statistical Commission is the highest body in global statistical system that has Chief Statisticians from all member states across the world.
The body has the responsibilities of setting standards for statistics and in developing of methods and concepts including their implementation on the national as well as on international level. It is the highest decision making body in statistical activities.