Former Indian diplomat in UN panel
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Former Indian diplomat in UN 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.

Ms Saran, the recently-retired External Affairs Ministry Secretary (East), was elected to the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) by acclamation on Wednesday, according to the reports here

The 18-member committee of experts 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. India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin tweeted: "Thanks to all our friends for electing 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.

During her 36-year diplomatic career, Saran had also served as the ambassador to Vietnam and was a minister and a counsellor at India's mission to the UN in Geneva.

India was elected in October to the UN Human Rights Council, where the representation is by countries and not individuals. (UNI)