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6 December 2012

South Africa: SA's Election to ECOSOC Welcomed

Pretoria — Cabinet has welcomed South Africa's election to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) in November, says Minister in The Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Collins Chabane.

Briefing media on Thursday, Chabane said South Africa was voted by 183 out of 192 countries.

ECOSOC is one of the principal organs of the United Nations alongside the Security Council and General Assembly.

"The Membership of ECOSOC will provide South Africa an opportunity to contribute to the strengthening and reform of the organ. As a member of ECOSOC, South Africa will be located at the centre of the debate on the global development agenda including the acceleration of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals," said Chabane.

South Africa was still to meet with member states as to what contribution it would make as a country, he added.

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