Where can I get information about Regional Groups?
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016
The United Nations Department for General Assembly and Conference Management FAQ page states this about regional groups:
The regional groups are groups of representatives of Member and observer States by geographic region that meet for the purposes of discussion, usually in connection with specific questions being addressed within the intergovernmental bodies.
Below is a list of the Regional Groups as provided by the UN Department of General Assembly and Conference Management:
- African States/African Group
- Asia-Pacific Group
- Eastern European States Group
- Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC)
- Group of Western European and Other States.(WEOG)
In May 2000 Israel became a WEOG full member, on a temporary basis (subject to renewal), in WEOG's headquarters in the US, thereby enabling it to put forward candidates for election to various UN General Assembly bodies. In 2004, Israel obtained a permanent renewal to its membership.
Turkey participates fully in both WEOG and Asian Group, but for electoral purposes is considered a member of WEOG only.
United States of America
The United States of America is not a member of any regional group, but attends meetings of the Western Europe and Other States Group (WEOG) as an observer and is considered to be a member of that group for electoral purposes.
There is an article on the origins and development of UN electoral groups in the UNU publication, What is equitable geographic representation in the 21st century?
Information about the chairmanship of the regional groups for each month is published in the UN Daily Journal.
See also Regional Commissions, which are subsidiary bodies of the Economic and Social Council:
- Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
- Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
- Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
- Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
- Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
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