ECOSOC

ECOSOC calls for abolition of agricultural subsidies

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) called today for the reduction and elimination of agricultural subsidies and urged developed countries to implement the commitments they made at the Doha trade conference in 2001 to facilitate market access for the products of developing countries.

ECOSOC: without addressing rural poverty, MDGs will be unattainable

Without addressing the problems of rural poverty there will be no hope of achieving the ambitious goals set by the Millennium Summit of 2000 to slash poverty, hunger, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by the year 2015, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was told today.

As ECOSOC opens session, Annan urges global action on rural development

As the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council got under way today in Geneva, Secretary-General told the opening session that in the wake of recent world trade and development conferences which have defined the path to erasing poverty, especially in rural areas, the challenge now "is not to decide what to do, but rather, simply, to do it."

Rural development takes centre stage as UN agency heads address ECOSOC

Rural development took centre stage at the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva today as agency heads from throughout the UN system emphasized its key role in achieving the ambitious goals set by the 2000 Millennium Summit.

UN Economic and Social Council set to open annual session in Geneva

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is set to kick off Monday in Geneva its four-week annual session with a focus on promoting an integrated approach to eradicate poverty and encourage sustainable development in rural areas.

UN Economic and Social Council debates complex humanitarian emergencies

The United Nations Economic and Social Council today held a wide-ranging debate on how to best enable relief workers to reach vulnerable populations in the midst of natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies, when several factors can often combine to exacerbate already dangerous conditions.

ECOSOC looks to boost role as UN's leading development forum

A strong and effective Economic and Social Council is essential for the United Nations to be able to play a leading role in helping the people of the world achieve a better future, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette said today as the Council began a discussion on how to strengthen ECOSOC, as it is known, and follow up recent UN conferences.

People must be centre of UN’s work, Annan tells opening of ECOSOC session

The international community must seize the unparalleled opportunities offered by the globalizing world in order to achieve greater equity through more sustained and balanced growth, especially in Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today as it opened its annual session at UN Headquarters in New York.

ECOSOC President urges investments, more foreign aid in education and health

The current high-level segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council should centre on building on the achievements of previous UN global conferences and work towards making an upcoming summit on sustainable development a success, the President of ECOSOC, as the UN Council is known, said today.

UN Economic and Social Council's annual session to look at health, education policies

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is set to begin its annual session next week with a high-level discussion of health and education policies as they relate to the overall development process.