12 October 2009

Economic and Social Council Elects Jorge Montaño of Mexico as Member on the International Narcotics Control Board

VIENNA, 12 October (UN Information Service) - The Economic and Social Council elected by secret ballot on 8 October Jorge Montaño of Mexico to serve effective immediately as a member of the International Narcotics Control Board until 1 March 2012.

Mr. Montaño was elected to replace Maria Elena Medina-Mora Icaza of Mexico, who resigned. He received 40 of 46 votes. Two delegates who were present abstained from the voting.

Mr. Montaño is a Professor of International Organizations at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónoma de México and a private consultant on the enforcement of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the Organization of America States (OAS) Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism on drugs. From 1989 to 1992, he was Mexico's Ambassador to the United States, after serving as Mexico's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He has a doctoral degree in international affairs from the London School of Economics.

The International Narcotics Control Board comprises 13 members, including 3 nominated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and 10 nominated by Governments, to serve in their personal capacity for five-year terms.

The other four candidates for the post were Yacouba Dialolo of Mali, Peter Kokaji Kivuyo of the United Republic of Tanzania, Yovin Ivo Laurent of the United Republic of Tanzania and Ligia Elena Moldovan of Romania.

The President of the Economic and Social Council, Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg, who chaired the meeting, announced that the Moroccan Government had withdrawn its nomination of a fifth candidate Moujahid Nouredine.

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