United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Conseil économique et social des Nations Unies
Consejo Económico y Social de las Naciones Unidas

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24 Oct 1945, New York NY (USA), by the Charter of the United Nations -- Charte des Nations Unies, as the principal organ of United Nations (UN) within United Nations System, to coordinate the economic and social work of the United Nations and the specialized agencies and institutions, known as 'United Nations family' of organizations. Officially constituted, 13 Jan 1946. Originally consisting of 18 members; enlarged to 27 members as of Jan 1966, in accordance with an amendment to the Charter which came into force on 31 Aug 1965. By resolution 2847 (XXVI) of 20 Dec 1971, UN General Assembly decided to adopt an amendment to Article 61 of the Charter providing for the increase of the membership to 54 members. Pending ratification of the amendment, ECOSOC, by resolution 1621 (LI) decided to enlarge its sessional committees from 27 to 54 members, the additional members to be elected annually by the Council. The amendment to Article 61 came into force on 24 Sep 1973.


Serve as a principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on issues of economic and social development, as well as for implementation of the international development goals agreed at the major United Nations summits and conferences, including the Millennium Development Goals.

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ECOSOC's substantive session comprises 5 segments:

1.'High-Level Segment' - serves as a forum for Ministers and executive heads of international institutions and high-ranking officials and for civil society and private sector representatives to discuss key economic, social and environmental development issues on the international agenda. Mandates given at 2005 World Summit: Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) - a means of stepping up efforts to bring the international community back on target in meeting Millennium Development Goals by 2015; Development Cooperation Forum (every 2 years) - to enhance implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including MDGs, and promote dialogue in finding effective ways to support it.

2. 'Coordination Segment' - coordinates policies and activities of UN specialized agencies, organs, organizations and bodies in economic, social and related fields relevant to achievement of UN economic and social objectives. Two themes are selected each year, one usually of a cross-cutting nature common to major international conferences and/or contributing to an overall review of the implementation of a UN conference programme of action, the other, if chosen, dealing with a concrete sectoral issue. Heads of concerned UN entities are invited to participate actively and to contribute to the policy dialogue from a global perspective and on their activities in the chosen theme(s). The segment concludes with adoption of agreed conclusions containing specific recommendations for action by relevant parts of the UN system; implementation of these recommendations is followed up in the subsequent year.

3. 'Operational Activities Segment' - works to improve the quality and impact of operational activities for development of the UN and to promote an integrated approach in this field. Promotes coordination in the area of operational activities for development and provides organization of the UN system with guidance so as to ensure that policies formulated by the General Assembly, particularly during the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR) of operational activities for development of the UN system are appropriately applied on a system-wide basis by monitoring their implementation through annual progress reviews. Work of operational activities segment is an opportunity for policy makers and representatives of the UN development system to engage in a discussion forum and broad consultation on international development cooperation issues through appropriate panels and interactive dialogues. Segment also represents a mechanism to exert oversight role of the Council over the UN Funds and Programmes, which are subsidiary bodies of ECOSOC and submit their annual reports to the Council, together with a Consolidated List of Issues Related to the Coordination of Operational Activities for Development. In that context, the segment includes a session devoted to dialogue with executive heads of the UN Funds and Programmes. Outcome of this segment is reflected in the adoption of decisions and resolutions. The 2005 session took place after conclusion of the TCPR at the General Assembly in 2004, which led to adoption of resolution 59/250. As a conclusion of the works of the 2005 operational activities segment, the Council adopted resolution 2005/7 on progress in implementation of the Assembly resolution 59/250, focusing on the management process of that implementation and providing guidance for better monitoring that process.

4. 'Humanitarian Affairs Segment' - reviews activities of UN organs and specialized agencies in the field of emergency humanitarian assistance;

5. 'General Segment' - undertakes an action-oriented review of activities, reports and recommendations of ECOSOC subsidiary bodies, focusing on major policy issues requiring a prioritized and coordinated response from the UN system as a whole. In doing so, ECOSOC concentrates on conclusions and adoption of recommendations submitted to it, without duplicating work already carried out by subsidiary machinery. Under this segment, ECOSOC regularly addresses, inter alia, coordination and programme questions, regional cooperation and nongovernmental organizations as well as reports of subsidiary bodies in economic, environmental, social and human rights fields. Coordination bodies submitting reports include United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

To achieve its aims, the Council has been mandated to perform the following activities: (a) Promote global dialogue and partnership on global policies and trends in the economic, social, environmental and humanitarian fields. For this purpose, the Council should serve as a quality platform for high-level engagement among member states and with the international financial institutions, the private sector and civil society on emerging global trends, policies and action and develop its ability to respond better and more rapidly to developments in the international economic, environmental and social fields. (b) Hold a biennial high-level Development Cooperation Forum to review trends in international development cooperation, including strategies, policies and financing, promote greater coherence among the development activities of different development partners and strengthen links between the normative and operational work of the United nations. (c) Ensure follow-up of the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits, including the internationally agreed development goals, and hold annual ministerial-level substantive reviews to assess progress, drawing on its functional and regional commissions and other international institutions, in accordance with their respective mandates. (d) Support and complement international efforts aimed at addressing humanitarian emergencies, including natural disasters, in order to promote an improved, coordinated response from the United Nations. (e) Play a major role in the overall coordination of funds, programmes and agencies, ensuring coherence among them and avoiding duplication of mandates and activities.


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  • Society
    • Social
  • Economics
    • Economic
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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