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.

Anti-poverty goals still achievable, but greater effort needed – Ban Ki-moon

The world’s shared goals for fighting poverty and other economic and social ills remain achievable in most countries, but only if political leaders in rich and poor nations take urgent and concerted action, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Haiti: ECOSOC team sees progress but renews call for ongoing development aid

Just returned from a mission to Haiti, the leader of a team from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today painted a mixed picture of the Caribbean country, which has experienced greater political stability and security in recent months but still faces numerous development challenges which he said must be met through a determined international response.

Global financial bodies should better reflect developing world interests – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on officials from international financial institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) attending a United Nations meeting in New York to engage in deep reforms to accommodate the interests of developing countries.

Ban Ki-moon stresses key role of ECOSOC at meeting with leaders

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced optimism about the role of the Economic and Social Council during a meeting with its current president as well as seven others who held the position in recent years.

Migiro says creating jobs crucial to achieving key development goals by 2015

Job creation will be vital in efforts to reach the ambitious Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of targets to slash a host of social ills, such as extreme poverty, by 2015, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today.

New leader charts plans to rejuvenate UN Economic and Social Council

The newly-elected President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today proposed ways to revitalize that body by involving a wider variety of people in its work, from government ministers to activists to academics to business executives, as it reaches for a more prominent role in 2007.

Ban Ki-moon sets out vision for reinvigorated UN Economic and Social Council

Stressing the crucial role of development to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today set out his vision for the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to foster greater progress in this field.

Development dominates UN Economic and Social Council work as session winds down

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) wound up its annual meeting in Geneva today with a series of resolutions aimed at improving the world body’s development operations.