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.