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ECOSOC opens 2014 session by outlining structural reforms

Friday, 17 January 2014
ECOSOC opens 2014 session by outlining structural reforms

Pledging support for the new organizational and institutional structure of the Economic and Social Council, the United Nations top economic and social affairs official today said it would bolster that body’s capacity to fortify the ambitious global post-2015 development agenda.

“These reforms constitute the most significant changes to the Economic and Social Council for over 20 years and serve to deepen the Council’s role in all aspects of development,” Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, told the Council, as it opened its 2014 session.

Under General Assembly resolution 68/1, adopted in September 2013, the Economic and Social Council would continue to have one substantive and one organizational session each year, but it would shift its work programme from a January-December to a July-July cycle.  Instead of holding its entire substantive session in July, the Council would continue holding the high-level segment then, but move the humanitarian affairs segment to June and the operational activities for the development segment following the first regular sessions of the executive boards of United Nations funds and programmes, typically held in January and February.

A new integration segment, whose timing was not yet set, would pool key strategies and policy recommendations from United Nations system actors on integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development:  economic development, social development and environmental protection.

In addition, starting this year a new High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development would be introduced during the Council’s high-level segment, and in 2016, it would replace the Annual Ministerial Review, traditionally held during the high-level segment.

Read more at: http://goo.gl/VlDtDz

 

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