ECESA Plus readies the UN system for Rio+20
On the 6th of July, the Principals of 'ECESA Plus' gathered in Geneva to advance preparations by the UN system for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.
The Principals discussed concrete suggestions and proposals for outcomes of the Rio+20 process. They focused on both their organizations’ inputs to the outcome document and practical initiatives that could be launched at the Summit. The outcome document is expected to cover the two conference themes – 1) ‘a green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication’ and 2) ‘the institutional framework for sustainable development’ – and the conference objective of achieving renewed political commitment to sustainable development. Inputs to a compilation text are due from UN family organizations, as well as Member States and civil society, by 1 November 2011.
Principals were of the general view that the outcome document should reflect an appropriate balance and level of integration between the three pillars of sustainable development, namely economic and social development and environmental sustainability. In particular, the social pillar, including job creation and decent work and social inclusion, needed more emphasis.
Reflecting on the institutional framework for sustainable development, Principals considered five proposals from the UNEP Governing Council concerning institutional issues, including the consideration of establishing a new umbrella organization for sustainable development as well as reforming current institutions and streamlining existing structures. While stressing the need to strengthen the UN’s institutional capacity under the environmental pillar of sustainable development, Principals felt that it was equally important to support, strengthen and reform the institutions addressing economic and social development. Only such an approach could ensure a fully integrated response to the challenges of sustainable development. Principals agreed to continue intensive engagement and support in the preparations for Rio +20.
The ECESA Plus mechanism includes over 40 organizations and was established in mid-2010 as a way to bring relevant UN system agencies, the World Bank, IMF and the Rio Convention secretariats together with the Members of the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs (ECESA) to prepare for Rio+20.
This meeting of ECESA Plus took place alongside the high-level segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC. Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Sha Zukang, chaired the meeting as Convener of ECESA and ECESA Plus and Secretary-General of the Rio+20 Conference.
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.