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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has secured membership of three key UN bodies in elections held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

These UN bodies include the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD). These commissions play a pivotal role in enhancing international cooperation on various social and economic issues.

The elections were conducted at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a 54-member principal organ of the UN. Pakistan’s election to the CCPCJ and the CPD was by the unanimous endorsement of all the ECOSOC members.

In the balloting to elect CSW members, Pakistan received 50 votes.

Pakistan will assume the membership of these three Commissions starting from 1 January 2022.

“Pakistan’s simultaneous election to these three important Commissions is a reflection of the international community’s confidence in Pakistan’s active role and constructive contributions at the United Nations,” the Foreign Office stated in a statement.

Through its membership of these Commissions, it added that in line with their respective mandates and Pakistan’s commitment to cooperative multilateralism, Pakistan will continue to foster international cooperation for combating transnational organised crime and improving efficiency and fairness of criminal justice administration systems; promote gender equality and women empowerment; and support initiatives aimed at assisting countries in developing their capacity to produce and analyze population data and information.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021