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Nov 11 2012 17:49 Sapa

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Johannesburg - South Africa has been elected to the UN's Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc), the international relations department said on Sunday.

"South Africa finishes its two-year non-renewable, non-permanent membership of the Security Council on 31st December 2012 and immediately assumes the membership of Ecosoc on the 1st January 2013," the department said in a statement.

South Africa last served in Ecosoc from 2004 to 2006. Ecosoc is one of the principal organs of the United Nations, alongside the Security Council and General Assembly. It is responsible for economic and social development.

"It is significant that South Africa will be a member of this critical organ of the United Nations at the time that the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching," the department said.

The Millennium Development Goals are meant to be attained by 2015. Debates had already started regarding the post-2015 development agenda.

Ecosoc includes commissions on social, population and sustainable development, as well as statistics, crime prevention and criminal justice, science and technology, forests, and the status of women.

South Africa intended promoting Africa's interests, as well as its experience on peace and security to reduce world insecurity.

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