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China, India has been elected to the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, an independent external oversight body mandated to conduct evaluations, inspections and investigations of UN system worldwide. India won the Asia-Pacific region seat for the five-year term beginning 1 January 2013, with a clear majority of 106 votes out of the 183 cast in the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. India has served only once on the JIU, 35 years ago, from 1968 to 1977. China got only 77 votes.
A Gopinathan, India’s nominee for the JIU is currently India’s permanent representative to the UN offices in Geneva. Earlier, he was India’s deputy permanent representative in New York from January 2002 to September 2005. He has also served as joint secretary (UN) from August 1997 to December 2001 at the ministry of external affairs.