On 7 June 2021, in New York, Italy was elected as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ESCOSOC) for the 2022-2024 three-year term, with 175 votes out of 182 voting countries.
This was the best result ever achieved by a Western Group country in this electoral round. It confirms the very high level of trust that Italy has earned in the field of multilateral diplomacy.
Italy's tenth term as a Member State of ECOSOC, since the Council was established in 1946, will begin on 1 January 2022; at the end of its further three-year term Italy will have been a member of ECOSOC for a total of 38 of its 78-year life.
As a member of ECOSOC, Italy intends to continue its commitment, actively contributing to the efforts of the United Nations and to the work of the Council, in the economic, social and environmental fields, in the very delicate scenario resulting from the impact of the pandemic. It will do so in synergy with the many Italian Non-Governmental Organisations accredited by ECOSOC because of their valuable and far-reaching actions aimed at bringing the UN closer to the demands and needs of civil society.
ECOSOC is the UN platform for reflection, debate and innovative thinking on sustainable development.
Established by the United Nations Charter in 1946, the Council has 54 members: 14 African countries; 11 from Asia and the Pacific; 6 from Eastern Europe; 10 from Latin America and the Caribbean and 13 from the West.