5 June 2018
Afghanistan Elected Chair of UN General Assembly Third Committee
Afghanistan was unanimously elected on Tuesday as Chair of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly for its upcoming 73rd Session, and will be represented by H.E. Mahmoud Saikal, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN.
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly covers agenda items relating to a range of important human rights, social and humanitarian issues that affect people all over the world. It meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.
Afghanistan’s election, on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group, as Chair of one of the key committees of the main body of the UN General Assembly signifies the international community’s recognition of Afghanistan’s significant gains in the field of human rights
In addition to its chairmanship of UNGA Third Committee for the 73rd session, Afghanistan is currently one of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly and is a member of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).