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Ex-Indian diplomat elected to UN's socio-economic, cultural panel

 UNITED NATIONS, Dec 6: Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran has been elected unopposed to an Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN.

The UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected the recently-retired External Affairs Ministry Secretary (East) by acclamation on Wednesday to the 18-member committee of experts that monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR).

Saran will begin her four-year term on January 1, after another former Indian diplomat, Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, completes his third term on the CESCR at the end of this year.

After Saran's election, India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin tweeted: "Thanks to all our friends for electing by acclamation India's candidate Amb. Preeti Saran..."

Members of the CESCR serve in their personal capacities as experts and do not represent their countries even though they may have been nominated by their own nation. - IANS

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