Vietnam was elected to be a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
Vietnam overwhelmingly won its election to the 54-member agency in the 2016-2018 term with 182 out of 187 valid votes.
The UN General Assembly also elected 17 other new members of the ECOSOC.
This is the second time Vietnam has been elected to the ECOSOC. The country first served on the ECOSOC from 1998 to 2000.
ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the UN, responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of 14 UN specialized agencies, their functional commissions and five regional commissions.
The ECOSOC serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the UN system.
Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, head of the Vietnamese mission to the UN, told the Vietnam News Agency that Vietnam was well aware of its big responsibility as a new member of the ECOSOC, which took on many tasks in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development approved by world leaders at a UN summit last September.
Vietnam will take an active part in ECOSOC activities, mobilize resources and contribute to revamping the operation of the UN’s system and make the best use of cooperation to successfully implement the agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially those related to poverty reduction, sustainable and comprehensive economic growth and environmental protection, she said.