Maleeha Lodhi elected as VP of UN’s economic arm


NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi was on Thursday unanimously elected as one of the four vice presidents of the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc), the economic arm of the United Nations.

Ambassador Lodhi, who was elected by acclamation after her candidature was endorsed by the 54-member body, will assume the Asia Pacific seat in the Ecosoc bureau.

Norway’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Mona Juul was elected by acclamation as the president of the body, replacing Rhonda King of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Along with Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN Mher Margaryan (representing Eastern European states) and Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico Juan Sandoval Mendiolea (representing Latina American and Carribean states) were also elected. The election for the vice president for African states will be held later.

In a post shared on Twitter, Lodhi said that her election as the vice president of the Ecosoc is a “vote of confidence from the global community”.

“Ecosoc is at the heart of [the] implementation of the 2030 agenda for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and mobilising financing for SDGs,” she added.

Speaking to reporters following the vote, Lodhi said that her election to such an “important organ demonstrates the faith of [the] international community in Pakistan and the competence of its diplomats”.

She further recalled Pakistan has “always engaged intensely and enthusiastically with economic and social development activities at the UN”.

Lodhi noted that it was the second time in the last three years that Pakistan had been given the position.