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UN Economic and Social Council to be reformed

Thursday, 31 October 2013
UN Economic and Social Council to be reformed

The United Nations Economic and Social Council has embarked on a timely slate of far-reaching reforms that will make it a stronger, more issues-oriented body, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes that mounting global economic, social and environmental pressures “suggest that the world will see continued turbulence in the coming years.”

“The Economic and Social Council can be a bystander or an active intergovernmental body that engages Member States and other stakeholders to deliberate and contribute to an effective and timely multilateral response addressing immediate demands and longer-term development needs,” says the UN chief in his latest report on strengthening the Council (ECOSOC).

Mr. Ban says that the quality of life of a growing population in a sustainable manner remains the most urgent development priority for the international community. As such: “The Council has a potentially pivotal role to play in the United Nations”.

In line with the recommendations in the report, the General Assembly adopted on 20 September, a resolution containing the most far-reaching reforms of ECOSOC since 1991.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is poised to play a key role in implementing these reforms. The Secretary-General has also been asked to make proposals to promote collaboration across the UN system, taking account of the functions of a strengthened ECOSOC, with DESA of the Secretariat serving as a central hub of support for the Council, in order to better utilize the Organization's existing resources to broaden support to the Council and its Bureau.

Read more at: http://goo.gl/2E4RLs


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