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UN Economic & Social Council
 

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

 

At a glance

 

ECOSOC oversees the work of 14 UN Specialised Agencies, 10 Functional and five Regional Commissions and 11 UN Funds and Programmes. ECOSOC issues policy recommendations to the UN system and to member states.

Responsibilities

 

The Council’s responsibilities include promoting higher standards of living; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; assisting cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights.

The Council consists of 54 member Governments that are elected by the UN General Assembly for overlapping three-year terms. The Council holds a four-week meeting each July at which national cabinet ministers, chiefs of international agencies and other officials focus their attention on a selected global theme.

Monitoring the MDG's

 

Many of the Functional Commissions provide statistical data and analysis and highlight important social and economic trends thereby contributing to the discourse on and monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals.

Those Functional Commissions whose work particularly relates to the MDGs are: The Commission for Social Development; The Commission on Human Rights; The Commission on Science and Technology for Development; The Commission on Sustainable Development; The Commission on the Status of Women, and The Commission on Population and Development.

The five Regional Economic and Social Commissions under ECOSOC all have a responsibility to support the economic and social development within their regions and promote co-operation between nations, thereby supporting the MDGs and targets.

The five regional Commissions are: UN Economic Commission for Africa; Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean; Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, and Economic Commission for Europe.


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Commission for Social Development
Commission on Human Rights
Commission on Science and Technology for Development (UNCTAD)
Commission on Sustainable Development
Commission on the Status of Women
Commission on Population and Development
Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
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