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MOSCOW, April 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s re-election to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and some bodies of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) testifies to “the recognition by members of the Organisation of the high authority of our country in the field of international cooperation”, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, April 28.
“At a renewed organisational session of ECOSOC in New York on April 26, the Russian Federation was re-elected to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women)”, it said.
In addition to Russia, the U.N. Women Executive Board also includes Algeria, Gambia, Djibouti, Gabon, Malawi, Maldives, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand, the United Aran Emirates, Latvia, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, the United States, and Australia.
“The Executive Board, which will start working in the new composition from January 1, 2013, provides inter-governmental support to U.N. Women’s work and is responsible for monitoring our activities,” the ministry said.
“Russia’s re-election to the U.N. Women Executive Board testifies to the recognition by members of the Organisation of the high authority of our country in the field of international cooperation on human rights, including gender equality,” the ministry said.
“During the ECOSOC session Russia was re-elected, without vioting, to such important and influential ECOSOC bodies as the Commission on Sustainable Development, the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, and the Executive Board of the World Food Programme,” the ministry said.