ECESA Members to work towards a successful LDC IV Conference
The Deputies of ECESA met at UN Headquarters in New York on 14th December 2010 to enhance
collaboration towards the Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC IV)
to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from 9-13 May 2011. An interactive dialogue on preparations for
a draft submission paper to the Secretary General’s Policy Committee meeting on LDC IV was held
during the meeting. The Policy Committee aims to formulate key messages and recommendations for
LDCs in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders.
In preparation of the Policy Committee meeting, OHRLLS presented a draft paper that highlighted
the importance of a successful LDC IV Conference. In particular, it emphasized the following key messages: 1.
The importance of international launching specific deliverables in favour of LDCs; 2. The need to mobilize
financial resources and support specific programmes at the country level and 3. The need to implement, follow-up,
monitor and review the Brussels Programme of Action for LDCs.
The meeting also served as a briefing on two important initiatives: the Lead Economists Network (LEN)
and the Macroeconomic Advisory Capacity (MAC). LEN aims to foster coherence and collaboration within
the UN system’s analytical work and policy guidance on economic issues. MAC is a purely demand driven initiative
that aims to provide countries with an opportunity of getting a second opinion on pertinent macroeconomic issues.
In addition, the results of the first ever ECESA Scanning and Scouting E-consultations were
shared at the meeting. Representatives from 125 ECESA entities exchanged views on social and
economic trends and challenges in the coming years. Participants focused on issues such as employment
generation, global economic governance, infrastructure financing, capacity development, food and energy security,
organization, migration and renewed commitment towards the MDGs.
UN System comes together to promote cause of sustainable development
Posted: Monday, 8 November 2010, New York | Author: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Progress on meeting the goals of sustainable development at all levels requires an intensely collaborative effort. This was the intention of bringing the UN system together for a high-level meeting involving the Principals of the Executive Committee of Economic and Social Affairs (ECESA) and of other relevant UN entities at UN Headquarters in New York on 4 November.
At the invitation of Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang, Convenor of ECESA and the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20, the UN system met at the Principals level to engage in a frank, interactive dialogue aimed at defining a common UN vision and expectations for the UNCSD. Full Article