Accelerating development agenda top priority for UN economic, social body, new president says

With the United Nations development agenda in transition – moving from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) era towards a focus not just on poverty eradication but also on the health of the planet – the newly-elected President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) pledged to continue to strengthen that body’s role as a platform for unified dialogue on sustainable and inclusive development.

UN economic and social body urges stronger global governance to achieve anti-poverty goals

A more effective and inclusive global governance system will be necessary to ensure that the international community achieves the Millennium Development Goals and establishes an actionable post-2015 agenda, the head of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today said, while urging a review of the UN body to meet new demands.

Debt crises hitting both rich and poor countries threaten UN development agenda, officials say

Debt distress, no longer just the province of poor countries, is a drag on development programmes as well as on the world economy, United Nations leaders said today as economic experts and representatives of international financial institutions met to discuss practical and equitable mechanisms for restructuring sovereign debt.

Stronger joint action of UN, international financial institutions urged at development forum

Poverty reduction, trade growth and job creation require greater coordination between the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions, the head of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today urged at the opening of a special high-level meeting on sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.

UN meeting debates how to improve multilateral system for sustainable development aims

A special meeting on how best to strengthen the world’s multilateral system to better promote sustainable development kicked off at UN Headquarters in New York today with a call for new thinking and greater policy coherence on the issue.

UN Economic and Social Council launches online forum on sustainable development

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has launched a global online forum where audiences can ask questions of Government officials from around the world on the steps needed to address challenges on sustainable development issues.

As ECOSOC annual substantive session ends, UN officials hail achievements

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today wrapped up four weeks of high-level engagement and dialogue, review and deliberation, and decision-making on issues such as unemployment, women’s empowerment and information technology.

UN Economic and Social Council high-level segment ends with call for partnerships

The United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) high-level segment ended today with the adoption of a ministerial declaration calling for strengthened partnerships amongst Governments, the private sector and civil society to address issues that are crucial for providing full employment and decent work.

At high-level discussion, UN officials highlight costs of corruption on societies

At a high-level panel discussion on accountability and transparency, United Nations officials today highlighted the costs that corruption has on societies, and called on countries to forge partnerships to combat this issue.

ECOSOC to tackle global jobs crisis during next week’s high-level segment

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will tackle the global jobs crisis when it begins its high-level segment on Monday, its President told reporters today.