Economic and Social Council wraps up ‘historic’ month-long session

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today wrapped up its annual substantive session, which this year focused on efforts to achieve sustainable development and saw the holding of the first ever Development Cooperation Forum.

Migiro outlines how UN can better assist countries meet development goals

The United Nations can best assist countries reach their development goals by focusing on national priorities, continually improving its programmes and ensuring adequate resources for its activities, the Deputy Secretary-General said today.

Cooperation key to overcoming development hurdles, says ECOSOC president

Surging food and oil prices, along with global financial turmoil, have made cooperation essential to reach development goals, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Leo Mérorès said today.

UN development agenda has reached ‘critical juncture,’ Ban says

The United Nations has reached “a critical juncture” in the implementation of its development agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, with soaring oil and food prices, turmoil in the financial markets, inequality and climate change all threatening to strike hardest at the world’s poorest people.

UN Economic and Social Council to focus on aid effectiveness, world economy

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will stage policy dialogues on development cooperation, the state of the world economy and its impact on the UN’s development agenda during its High-Level Segment next week.

UN will strive to strengthen its development agenda, pledges Migiro

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has pledged the commitment of the United Nations to ensuring more effective and coherent international cooperation to help countries achieve their development goals, and to strengthen the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as a key body in this regard.

Haitian diplomat elected to lead UN Economic and Social Council in 2008

Haitian Ambassador Léo Mérorès has been elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as its President for 2008, succeeding Dalius Cekuolis of Lithuania.

General Assembly fills seats on UN Economic and Social Council

The General Assembly today elected 18 countries to serve on the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for three-year terms beginning 1 January 2008.

UN Economic and Social Council ends 2007 substantive session on hopeful note

The annual four-week substantive session of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – which has been tasked with two new functions this year – concluded in Geneva today, with its President welcoming the revitalized and reformed Council’s progress.

Newly established forum vital for advancing development – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to governments, United Nations organizations, civil society, parliaments, the private sector and academia to make the most of a newly established forum to advance the world’s shared anti-poverty goals, including by scaling up funds to ensure they are achieved on time.