KENYA TO BEGIN ITS TERM AS A MEMBER OF ECOSOC IN JANUARY 2019-2021
New York, November 2018
Kenya will take up its position as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) from January 2019 until December 2021. Kenya was among the 18 countries that were elected to the Council in an election held on 13th June 2018 at the United Nations in New York and garnered 184 votes out of 189 voters. Other Africa countries elected to the council are; Angola, Egypt, Mali and Ethiopia.
ECOSOC has 54 members and it coordinates the work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, ten functional commissions and five regional commissions, receives reports from nine UN funds and programmes and issues policy recommendations to the UN system and to Member States.
Under the UN Charter, ECOSOC is responsible for promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. ECOSOC's purview extends over 70 per cent of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system.
Kenya looks forward to working with all the UN Member States towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals36