Nigeria and Mauritius retained their seats for another four years in the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) after a keenly contested election.
CESCR is the body of 18 independent experts monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights by its States Parties.
In 2021, Egypt and Morocco were elected to occupy two seats of the four for the African Group. Egypt currently chairs the committee.
It was reported that the remaining two were contested on Wednesday at UN headquarters by Nigeria, Cameroon, Malawi and Mauritius.
Nigeria’s candidate, Amb. Peters Emuze won at first ballot scoring 39 out of the 54 ballots of member states.
After Malawi lost, Cameroon and Mauritius competed for the remaining seat because they had the same number of votes. The latter eventually won.
Emuze hailed the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande for the role played in his re-election.
The retired career diplomat rose to a Special Grade Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served as Head of the UN department in the ministry.
Emuze had served in Nigeria’s missions in Zambia, the Netherlands, Italy, Hong Kong and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN in Geneva and Switzerland.
He was the President of UN Conference on Disarmament and member of the Committee drafting the General Comment on Sustainable Development and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.