What is ECOSOC?
The Economic and Social Council is at the heart of the United Nations system to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It is the central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking, forging consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals. It is also responsible for the follow-up to major UN conferences and summits.
The UN Charter established ECOSOC in 1945 as one of the six main organs of the United Nations.
How is the work of the Economic and Social Council organized?
The Council holds several short sessions and many preparatory meetings, round tables and panel discussions with the members of civil society throughout the year, to deal with the organization of its work. It holds a High-level, Coordination, Operational Activities, Humanitarian Affairs Segments and Coordination Management Meetings. At the High-level Segment, national cabinet ministers and chiefs of international agencies and other high officials discuss major economic, social and environmental policy issues. A Ministerial declaration is generally adopted on the theme of the High-level Segment, which provides policy guidance and recommendations for action. The year-round work of the Council is carried out in its subsidiary and related bodies.
|Countries||Current term expires on 31 December|
|Czech Republic (President)||2018|
|Republic of Korea||2019|
|Republic of Moldova||2018|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Vice-President)||2019|
|South Africa (Vice-President)||2018|
|United Arab Emirates||2019|
|United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland||2019|
|United States of America||2018|
|Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)||2019|