Guatemala City, by Lucía Contreras (AGN) -During this week, Guatemala was confirmed as a member of three subsidiary bodies of the Economic and Social Council -ECOSOC- of the United Nations -UN-.
It was announced during the 17th plenary meeting of the ECOSOC in New York, United States.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Minex-, Guatemala will be a member of the:
- Commission on Narcotic Drugs -CND-, for the period 2024-2027
- Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting -ISAR-, for the period 2024-2026
- Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice -CCPCJ-, for the period 2024-2026.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry pointed out that the country developed a promotional campaign to become a member of these bodies.
According to Minex, “the council placed its confidence in the candidatures presented by the country, demonstrating the positive ties of fellowship and trust that have been established in the multilateral field.”
Subsidiary Bodies Details
First, the CND is the body that regulates international treaties related to drug control.
In this regard, Minex stressed that this is an extremely important space for Guatemala since it will have the opportunity to promote policies focused on respect for human rights, emphasizing on public health, and reducing drug supply and demand.
Guatemala was a member of the CND from 2004 to 2007 and 2012 to 2019.
On the other hand, as a member of ISAR, Guatemala will work on implementing standards, international best practices, and codes to strengthen corporate sustainability reporting.
“The purpose is to facilitate financial stability, domestic and international investment, and social and economic progress,” the ministry explained.
Furthermore, it was indicated that through the CCPCJ, the country works on crime prevention strategies and applying criminal justice.
For this reason, Guatemala expressed its commitment to enhancing international cooperation to strengthen the institutional response to transnational crime.