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16 March 2022
United Nations General Assembly elects new UNCITRAL Members
VIENNA, 16 March (UN Information Service) –The General Assembly has elected 34 members to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
The membership of the Commission was increased from 60 to 70 States by resolution A/RES/76/109 of 9 December 2021. Five additional members were to be elected during the seventy-sixth session of the General Assembly, with the remaining five additional members to be elected during the seventy-ninth session of the General Assembly.
At the 61st plenary meeting of its 76th session on 15 March, the General Assembly elected Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Czechia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kuwait, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United States and Venezuela as members of UNCITRAL for a six-year term beginning on 27 June 2022.
The Western European and other States filled seven of its eight allocated seats. The Assembly will conduct an election upon notification by interested Member States from this region for the remaining vacant seat.
The term of the following 30 States members of the Commission continues until 2025: Algeria, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Peru, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe.
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. Its mandate is to remove legal obstacles to international trade by progressively modernizing and harmonizing trade law. It prepares legal texts in a number of key areas such as international commercial dispute settlement, electronic commerce, insolvency, international payments, sale of goods, transport law, procurement and infrastructure development. UNCITRAL also provides technical assistance to law reform activities, including assisting Member States to review and assess their law reform needs and to draft the legislation required to implement UNCITRAL texts. The UNCITRAL Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria, and maintains a website at uncitral.un.org.
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José Angelo Estrella Faria
Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch