The United Nations General Assembly on June 13 elected Ukraine to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) for the period 2019-2021, with 176 states voted in favor.

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"Membership in ECOSOC will contribute to the implementation of the best international practices in the field of socio-economic reforms in Ukraine. We also intend to use more actively the UN potential in order to resolve the most challenging humanitarian issues," Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nation Volodymyr Yelchenko said, according to the website of Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the UN.

ECOSOC is one of the six key UN organs responsible for coordinating the activities of the United Nations and its specialized agencies in the economic and social spheres. It consists of 54 member states, the report said.

In 2019, ECOSOC will focus on the development of an equal and inclusive society, including gender equality, strengthening social protection of people with disabilities, improving the humanitarian situation in conflict zones, supporting small and medium-sized enterprises, and combating climate change.

Ukraine was last elected to ECOSOC for the period 2010-2012.