United Nations Economic and Social Council

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"ECOSOC was established under the United Nations Charter as the principal organ to coordinate economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. The Council also receives reports from 11 UN funds and programmes. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system. It is responsible for:

  • promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress;
  • identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems;
  • facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and
  • encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

It has the power to make or initiate studies and reports on these issues. It also has the power to assist the preparations and organization of major international conferences in the economic and social and related fields and to facilitate a coordinated follow-up to these conferences. With its broad mandate the Council's purview extends to over 70 per cent of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system."

Subsidiary Bodies

"ECOSOC Functional Commissions

Statistical Commission

  • Commission on Population and Development
  • Commission for Social Development
  • Commission on the Status of Women
  • Commission on Narcotic Drugs
  • Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
  • Commission on Science and Technology for Development
  • Commission on Sustainable Development
  • United Nations Forum on Forests

ECOSOC Regional Commissions

ECOSOC Standing Committees

  • Committee for Programme and Coordination
  • Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Committee on Negotiations with Intergovernmental Agencies"


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