NEW YORK (May 22) —The Philippines will again make its presence felt in the multilateral stage with its recent election to several key subsidiary bodies of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the main organs of the United Nations.
In his report to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Ambassador Hilario G. Davide, Jr., Philippine Permanent Representative, said the Philippines was elected to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), and the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).
Ambassador Davide himself was elected Vice Chairman of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).
The CSW, CPD, CCPCJ and CSD are subsidiary bodies of the ECOSOC—one of the principal bodies of the United Nations, which is responsible for setting standards on international economic and social policies.
The Philippines will serve in the CSW and CPD for a term of four years starting 1 January 2010 and will be part of the CCPCJ for a term of three years starting 1 January 2010. Ambassador Davide will serve as Vice Chairman of the CSD for its 18th Session for the term beginning 2010.
“The Member States to the ECOSOC value the contributions of the Philippines and its diplomats to this important international body and that is why the Philippines was chosen among several other delegations to serve,” the Ambassador said.
The CSW is a subsidiary body of the ECOSOC and is dedicated to promoting gender equality and the advancement of women. Those that are elected to this body set the norms, standards, and policies that promote the advancement of women.
“The Philippines has a strong history of championing women’s rights and is determined to positively contribute to the advancement of their status in the world. This is why we are members of this important policy making body,” Ambassador Davide mentioned
The CPD, on the other hand, is an advisory body that provides recommendations to the ECOSOC on population issues and trends.
“As a country with a burgeoning and continually growing population, there is a need for a Philippine perspective to be added to the analysis and advisory work of the CPD,” Ambassador Davide stated. “Our election to this important body ensures that the Philippines can be a contributor in this aspect of global development politics.”
The CCPCJ is another functional body of the ECOSOC that provides policy recommendations in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. The international body coordinates the activities of various regional groups on crime prevention and criminal justice. It addresses areas such as national and transnational crime, including money laundering, juvenile crime, and other crimes.
“The Philippines as a country that gives due importance to the rule of law, could not pass up the opportunity to become a member of such an important UN body, which deals with an issue close to my heart,” Ambassador Davide said.
“Philippine presence in this advisory and policy making body will give the Philippines the chance to share its wealth of experience with the rest of the world, regarding crime prevention and criminal justice,” the Ambassador added.
The election of Ambassador Davide as CSD Vice Chairman is another clear sign of the faith of Member States in the leadership of the Philippines and Ambassador Davide. The CSD is another advisory body to the ECOSOC that provides policy direction for Member States on sustainable development—an issue of dire importance to developing countries like the Philippines.