Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (file photo) (epa)
November 3, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakhstan says it has become the first Central Asian country to be elected a member of the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The Kazakh Foreign Ministry says in a statement the vote took place at the UN General Assembly on November 2.
Kazakhstan will represent Central Asia in the 54-member UN body for the next three years. ECOSOC is the UN's central forum for discussing international economic and social issues.