The General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) has elected Suriname as a member of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on behalf of all 189 nations. After 23 years, Suriname submitted an application and was chosen to serve as a member from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2026. The Council is made up of 54 people.
The membership will receive content from Ambassador Sunil Sitaldin, the Permanent Representative of Suriname to the UN in New York.
One of the six major UN bodies, ECOSOC is essential to the UN system and is tasked with advancing the three pillars of sustainable development: the economic, social, and environmental pillars. It is an important platform for achieving internationally agreed goals such as the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Every year ECOSOC also organizes a ministerial meeting to discuss important economic, social and environmental issues. It is the only body of the UN that, on the basis of the UN Charter, has the possibility to consult non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on matters falling within its mandate. As a member of the ECOSOC, Suriname will actively participate in the discussions and contribute to the realization of the goals of the Council.