Statistically insignificant

Election as member or chairman is a function of voting and lobbying. Did we contest and lose, or did we simply lose interest? The answer is unclear

Bibek Debroy & Aditya Sinha

The UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) was established in 1947 (after a 1946 resolution). Whatever the UN’s Statistics Division does is under supervision of the UNSC. In turn, UNSC feeds upwards into the UN Econo­mics and Social Council (ECOSOC). UNSC has 24 members. As with other UN bodies, there is a geographical quota and the current composition has five from Africa, four each from Asia-Pacific, East Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean, and seven from West Europe.
With that geographical composition, members are elected for four years and India has been elected, with effect from January 1, 2024. One doesn’t have to be a member or chairman to participate in UNSC discussions. After the 37th session held in 2006, in 2007 at its 60th anniversary UNSC brought out a compendium (the 54th session was held in 2023).
This compendium told us India was among the most frequent participants, having done that 37 times. There were 35 occasio
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