India has been elected to the United Nations Statistical Commission for a four-year term. The country received 46 out of 53 votes, ahead of South Korea (23), China (19), and the UAE (15).
“India elected to the highest UN statistical body for a 4-year term beginning on 1 January 2024! Congrats Team @IndiaUNNewYork for coming through so strongly in a competitive election,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted on April 5. The union minister added that India’s “expertise in the field of statistics, diversity & demography has earned it a seat on the UN Statistical Commission.”
India was elected to the statistical body by secret ballot, while Argentina, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Ukraine, the United Republic of Tanzania, and the United States of America were elected by acclamation for a four-year term of office beginning January 1, 2024.
Established in 1947, the United Nations Statistical Commission is the highest body of the global statistical system bringing together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world. It is the highest decision-making body for international statistical activities, responsible for setting of statistical standards and the development of concepts and methods, including their implementation at the national and international level. The Commission has 24 UN member countries that are elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council based on an equitable geographical distribution.