Nigerian Clinches Top Position At UN
A Nigerian diplomat, Ambassador Peters Emuze has been elected to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, CESCR.
Emuze was elected after a keenly-contested election held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Emuze was elected for a four-year tenure and would be representing the African continent on the panel from 2019 to 2022.
His victory in clinching one of the two Africa’s seats on the board of the committee for at least four years is seen as a huge achievement for Nigeria.
Apart from the prestige it confers on the country, being a member of the commission would also improve Nigeria’s future diplomatic leverage.
CESCR is the body of 18 independent experts that monitor countries’ compliance with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of citizens by its States parties.
Emuze was said to have entered the race at the last minute but ended up beating candidates of 6 other countries to clinch the first of the two seats for Africa.
While other countries and candidates had been campaigning for upward of one year, Nigeria’s candidate just jumped into the ring barely two months to the election.
The seats were keenly contested against Nigeria by Algeria, Sudan, Niger, Uganda, Cameroon and Mauritius.
However, Cameroon withdrew at the last minute while Mauritius’ candidate defeated Algeria’s in a run-off to clinch the second seat for Africa.
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