Maleeha Lodhi elected as vice president of UN's economic arm

Maleeha Lodhi elected as vice president of UN's economic arm

New York (Web Desk): Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi 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.

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.

Lodhi, in a post shared on Twitter, 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 implementation of the 2030 agenda for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and mobilising financing for SDGs," she added.

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.

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.