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Slovak UN envoy elected new president of Economic and Social Council

(Xinhua)

09:44, January 11, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- The members of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Tuesday elected Milos Koterec, permanent representative of Slovakia to the UN, president of the council by acclamation.

"It is a great privilege and honor for me to assume this important office today," Koterec said in a speech following his election to the post.

Koterec will serve for one year as president of the UN organ in charge of coordinating the economic and social work of numerous UN agencies and commissions and serving as a forum for the discussion of economic, social and policy issues.

Koterec will take over the position from Lazarous Kapambwe, permanent representative of Zambia to the UN, who served as president of ECOSOC for 2011.

"We embark on this upcoming session amidst growing expectations and renewed hopes for real progress in the area of social and economic development," said Koterec. "This organ plays a crucial role in the pursuit of our ultimate goal of making the world a better place."

Koterec stressed ECOSOC's potential for participation in boosting sustainable development through participation in the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on June 20-22, as well as its follow-up.

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