King, who was appointed as ambassador to the U.N. by Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in 2013, was elected ECOSOC president during its 2019 opening session late last month.
ECOSOC is one of the six principal organs of the U.N., responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of 15 U.N. specialized agencies, their functional commissions and five regional commissions.
The General Assembly selects 18 new members for ECOSOC annually for the term of three years, with a provision that a retiring member can be re-elected. The ECOSOC has 54 members. ECOSOC holds one seven-week session each year in July.
ECOSOC serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and formulating policy recommendations addressed to member states and the U.N. system.
King, who was born in Curaçao, to Vincentian parents, told the Caribbean Media Corporation late last month that she is the fourth female, first woman from the Latin American and Caribbean region and first woman from the Global South to serve as the ECOSOC president.
In her opening address, the Vincentian envoy said she hopes to make the year ahead “a defining” one for ECOSOC, which leads the U.N.’s ambitious drive for sustainable economic, social and environmental development.