General Assembly President calls for stronger Economic and Social Council

The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, today urged the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to strengthen its role as the central mechanism for coordination of economic and social issues and to play the key role in implementing decisions of UN conferences and summits.

Twenty-one new members join UN Economic and Social Council

Twenty-one countries were today elected to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the six principal organs of the United Nations and the main body tasked with furthering economic and social cooperation and development worldwide.

As aid levels lag, development cooperation more vital than ever – UN officials

Senior United Nations officials today stressed the importance of development cooperation and making assistance more effective, especially at a time when governments worldwide are tightening their belts and aid budgets are being slashed.

UN Economic and Social Forum ends with calls for implementation of decisions

The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today urged the implementation of decisions made at the body’s substantive session this year, which focused on the importance of education as a catalyst for the achievement of the global goals against poverty.

High-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council to focus on education

Making education accessible for all will be the focus of a United Nations conference in Geneva next week that will bring together representatives from governments, international organizations, civil society and academia to discuss ways of ensuring everyone has an opportunity to acquire knowledge.

UN experts meet to discuss standardizing place names worldwide

Experts from around the world gathered in Vienna today for the start of a five-day United Nations conference aimed at standardizing the use of place names so that governments, organizations and the public can benefit.

Current crises call for concerted global action to advance development – UN officials

With the financial crisis having reversed many development gains and the world once again facing rising food and energy prices, top United Nations officials today underscored the need for concerted action to advance development, equity and prosperity for all.