The UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected the recently-retired External Affairs Ministry Secretary (East) by acclamation on Wednesday to the 18-member committee of experts that monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR).
Saran, 60, will begin her four-year term on January 1.
"Thanks to all our friends for electing by acclamation India's candidate Amb. Preeti Saran to @UN Committee on Economic Social & Cultural Rights for 4 year term starting on 1 January 2019," India's Permanent Representative Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.
Members of the CESCR serve in their personal capacities as experts and do not represent their countries even though they may have been nominated by their own nation.
She joined the Indian Foreign Service in August 1982. She has served in Indian missions at Moscow, Dhaka, Cairo, Geneva, Toronto and Vietnam. Saran was the Consul General of India at Toronto and the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam.
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