Ex-Diplomat Elected To UN’s Socio-Economic, Cultural Panel

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).

About Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR):

The CESCR was set up in 1985 by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

It was constituted with an aim to monitor on its behalf the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR), which has been ratified by 169 countries.

The countries that are parties to the covenant are required to submit reports to the CESCR every five years on how they protect the economic, social and cultural rights.

The committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of concluding observations.

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

The CECSR meets in Geneva and holds two sessions per year, consisting of a three-week plenary and a one-week pre-sessional working group.

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