Official development aid grows, but not enough to meet goals: UN report

Donor countries’ official development assistance (ODA) to poorer nations has grown markedly in the past few years due to various relief efforts, but funding to meet international development goals has actually dropped off, according to a report presented today to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva.

Strong growth trend for developing countries threatened by volatilities: UN report

Developing countries, including the poorest 50 among them, are on track in 2006 to continue the impressive 6.0 per cent growth rate of the past two years, but are threatened by volatility in commodity prices and interest rates, according to a new United Nations report.

Senior UN economic official says ‘policy coherence at all levels’ needed for development

Stressing the importance of dealing comprehensively with social and economic issues in view of their impact on poverty and hunger, a senior official from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said today that policy coherence at all levels and across all sectors was needed to successfully achieve development goals.

Full employment key to sustainable development, ministers declare at UN meeting

Ministers at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva today adopted a Ministerial Declaration recognizing that full and productive employment and decent work for all as key elements of sustainable development for all countries, and therefore a priority objective of international cooperation.

Calling for sharpened focus on the poor, UN officials open development council

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Mark Malloch Brown today opened the yearly session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva with a call for that body to sharpen its focus on the achievement of the development goals agreed upon at the 2000 Millennium Summit.

Economic and Social Council to focus on global job crisis at upcoming session

In a new look at why more than half the world's workforce cannot earn enough to lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will consider possible solutions that can generate productive employment and decent work as it opens its annual session in Geneva on Monday.

Experts open UN session to encourage more accurate use of place names

An estimated 200 experts, representing 22 linguistic or geographical divisions around the world, opened a session today at the United Nations Office in Vienna on advancing the development of more consistency and greater accuracy in the use of place names, and standardizing written forms of geographical names.

Tunisian diplomat elected to lead UN Economic and Social Council in 2006

Ali Hachani of Tunisia was elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2006 at a meeting today in New York where reform dominated discussions of the body’s future work.

Assembly elects 18 members to serve on UN Economic and Social Council

The General Assembly today elected 18 members to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) starting on 1 January 2006.

Economic and Social Council acts on wide range of human rights texts

Acting on a range of measures recommended by the top United Nations human rights body, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has approved guidelines on victims’ rights to a remedy and reparation for gross human rights violations, as well as the creation of a working group to probe the use of mercenaries to derail human rights.