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Fifty-Second Session of the Commission for Social Development
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Report on the World Social Situation 2013
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.
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Empowering People Through
The Opening Session of the Fifty-Second Session of the Commission for Social Development (11 - 21 February 2014)
The Report on World Social Situation (RWSS) 2013: Inequality Matters, places special focus on policy and disadvantaged social groups, in addition to examining the consequences of high inequality. To learn more about the report click here.
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