Economic and Social Council Begins Organizational Session Elects President, Hears Statement by Secretary-General.
The Economic and Social Council opened a four-day organizational session this morning, electing, by acclamation, Ladislav Smid, Permanent Representative of Czechoslovakia to the UN, as its President for 1977. The 54-member Council deferred the election of its Vice-Presidents for the year to its next meeting. The session was opened by Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. Opening remarks were also made this morning by the new President, Mr. Smid. The Council also adopted without objection a provisional agenda for the session, and heard an introductory statement on its basic programme of work for the year by the Council Secretary, Diego Cordovez. Statements on the organization of work were made by the representatives of the Soviet Union, France, the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim is seen opening the meeting. At the presiding table, from left: Gabriel Van Laethem, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Mr. Waldheim; Diego Cordovez, Secretary of the Council; and Boris P. Phokofiev, Deputy to the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.