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MEDIA CENTRE

High-level Segment (4-8 July)

Coordination Segment (11-14 July)

Operational Activities Segment (14-18 July)

Humanitarian Affairs Segment (19-21 July)

General Segment (22-28 July)

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High-level Segment

Press release (Fact sheet on education)
Media advisory

UN News centre articles

UN high-level forum urges greater efforts to ensure access to decent education for all

8 July – Government officials at a United Nations meeting in Geneva today called for the boosting of efforts to ensure education for all, stressing the fundamental role it plays in creating an inclusive society, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development.

UN reports progress towards poverty alleviation, urges increased support for the poorest

7 July – Some of the world’s poorest countries have made impressive gains in the fight against poverty, but the least developed countries still lag in efforts to improve living standards, the United Nations said today in a report showing significant overall progress towards achieving the global targets against extreme poverty.

Right to education must be supported with adequate resources – UN expert

6 July – Education is a fundamental human right that must be protected from economic difficulties and supported with adequate funding, an independent United Nations human rights expert said today.

UN Economic and Social Council shines spotlight on expanding access to education

5 July – An estimated 67 million school-age children worldwide are unable to attend classes because of financial, social and other obstacles, a senior United Nations official has warned as the world body’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) met to discuss how to ensure that everyone has access to a decent education.

High-level meeting of UN Economic and Social Council to focus on education

1 July – Making education accessible for all will be the focus of a United Nations conference in Geneva next week that will bring together representatives from governments, international organizations, civil society and academia to discuss ways of ensuring everyone has an opportunity to acquire knowledge.

UN radio

10 million African children drop out of school each year

7 July - Up to 10 million African children drop out of primary school each year. That’s according to the Kenyan Minister of Education, Sam Ongeri, speaking at a high-level meeting of the Economic and Social Council in Geneva…

ECOSOC : les problèmes de l’éducation en Afrique et dans les PMA

7 July – Le Conseil économique et social a tenu, ce matin, à Genève, dans le cadre de son débat de haut niveau, une «concertation spéciale» sur le thème des problèmes de l’éducation en Afrique et dans les pays les moins avancés…

Objectifs du Millénaire : des progrès mais de nombreux défis demeurent

7 July – Des progrès significatifs ont été réalisés pour atteindre les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD), mais beaucoup d’efforts sont encore nécessaires pour améliorer la vie des plus pauvres et atteindre tous les objectifs d’ici la date butoir de 2015, selon le dernier rapport des Nations Unies sur les OMD publié jeudi…

Education : halte aux coupes budgétaires, selon Kishore Singh

6 July – Le Rapporteur spécial sur le droit à l’éducation, Kishore Singh, a appelé mercredi 6 juillet les gouvernements à ne pas effectuer de coupes budgétaires dans le budget de l’éducation même en tant de crise…

16 billion dollars needed a year for education in poor countries

4 July – Lack of funding is stalling the global target on education for all by 2015, according to the United Nations.

67 million children worldwide not in school

3 July – 67 million children worldwide aren’t in school, according to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Video

Webcast of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC

UN Webcast - 4-8 July 2011 – The High-level Segment was retransmitted live on UN webcast

Face to Face debate

UN television, DESA, UNICEF and UNESCO – 4 July – The second Face to Face debate on “Education, Human Rights and Conflicts” took place in Geneva from 4 to 8 July. The BBC Correspondent in Geneva Imogen Foulkes moderated the debate.

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United Nations Office at Geneva Photo - Flickr

Press releases, and meeting summaries

Economic and Social Council adopts ministerial declaration on education and concludes high-level segment

UNOG - 8 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) concluded its High-Level Segment this morning after adopting a Ministerial Declaration.

United Nations Secretary-General tells ECOSOC extra efforts are needed to achieve all the millennium development goals

UNOG – Jul 7, 2011 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this afternoon told the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that the 2011 Millennium Development Goals report painted a mixed picture. On the one hand, it was clear that the Millennium Development Goals had made a tremendous difference. However, achieving all the Millennium Development Goals would require extra effort as progress was not universal, nor were the benefits evenly shared.

Economic and Social Council holds special policy dialogue on "Education Challenges in Africa and Least Developed Countries"

UNOG – Jul 7, 2011-The Economic and Social Council this morning held a special policy dialogue on education challenges in Africa and the least developed countries.

ECOSOC continues General Debate on Implementing Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in regard to education.

UNOG – Jul 6, 2011 - The Economic and Social Council this afternoon continued its general debate on implementing the internally agreed goals and commitments on education and on current global and national trends and challenges and their impact on education

ECOSOC holds special panel discussion on promoting growth for accelerating poverty eradication and achieving the MDGs

UNOG – Jul 6, 2011 - The United Nations Economic and Social Council this morning heard the National Voluntary Presentation by Pakistan, followed by a special panel discussion on promoting sustained, inclusive and equitable growth for accelerating poverty eradication and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

ECOSOC reviews reports on implementing commitments in regard to education and current trends and their impact on education

UNOG – Jul 5, 2011 - The Economic and Social Council this afternoon reviewed reports on implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education, current global and national trends and challenges and their impact on education

Economic and Social Council holds High-level Dialogue on current developments in the world economy

UNOG – Jul 5, 2011 - The United Nations Economic and Social Council this morning held a high-level policy dialogue with the international financial and trade institutions on current developments in the world economy, which was followed by a Special Policy Dialogue on Education for Sustainable Development

ECOSOC holds debate on Human Rights, education and Conflict, and hears National Voluntary Presentation by Germany

UNOG – Jul 4, 2011- The Economic and Social Council this afternoon held a special face-to-face debate on human rights, education and conflict, and heard the national voluntary presentation by Germany. It was also addressed by Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey.

Economic and Social Council opens 2011 Substantive Session with a focus on advancing the Education For All agenda

UNOG – Jul 4, 2011- The Economic and Social Council this morning opened its 2011 substantive session, which will run from 4 to 29 July at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

 

Coordination Segment

Press releases, and meeting summaries

ECOSOC adopts resolutions on gender equality and empowerment of women, and gender mainstreaming in the United Nations

14 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council this morning adopted two resolutions on the role of the United Nations system in implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to gender equality and the empowerment of women, and on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system.

ECOSOC reviews maintreaming the gender perspective into policies and programmes of the United Nations system

13 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today reviewed mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system, holding a panel discussion in the morning on “Leadership, coordination and accountability: Evaluating the United Nations system’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment” and another in the afternoon on “Countering gender discrimination and negative gender stereotypes: Effective policy responses.”

ECOSOC holds special event to commemorate twenty-fifth anniversary of Declaration on Right to Development

12 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today held a special event in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development entitled “the right to development and the global partnership for development”.

ECOSOC opens Coordination Segment, takes up follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development

UNOG – July 11, 2011- The Economic and Social Council opened its Coordination Segment this morning and took up follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development. The Council heard a presentation on the report of the Secretary-General entitled “Recovering from the world financial and economic crisis: a Global Jobs Pact”, which was followed by a general debate on the subject.

 

Operational Activities Segment

Press releases, and meeting summaries

Economic and Social Council adopts resolution on policy review and closes Operational Activities Segment

18 July 2011 - This afternoon the Economic and Social Council adopted resolution E/2011/L.35 on progress in the implementation of General Assembly resolution 62/208 on the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system.

ECOSOC discusses future of Operational Activities of UN Funds and Programmes, and the resident Coordinators System

15 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today held a dialogue with the executive heads of the United Nations funds and programmes on “looking to the future of operational activities for development of funds and programmes: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats,” and a panel discussion on “strengthening the leadership of the United Nations Resident Coordinator: role of accountability frameworks, resources and results reporting.”

ECOSOC opens Operational Activities Segment and holds panel discussion on 2012 quadrennial policy review

14 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon opened its Operational Activities Segment, hearing a presentation of reports by the Secretary-General on overall progress in implementing General Assembly resolution 62/208, funding for operational activities for development, functioning of the resident coordinator system, and simplification and harmonization of the United Nations development system, which was followed by a panel discussion on the “2012 quadrennial comprehensive policy review of the General Assembly: Issues, process and outcome”.

Humanitarian Affairs Segment

UN News centre articles

Improving humanitarian assistance crucial as needs will likely rise – UN official

19 July 2011 - Given that humanitarian emergencies around the globe are likely to increase, not decrease, in the future, it is necessary to strengthen partnerships to respond adequately when needs arise, improve preparedness and ensure predictable funding, the United Nations relief chief said today.

UN outlines extent of development challenges facing South Sudan after independence

19 July 2011 – South Sudan, the world’s newest country, has some of the worst development indicators on the planet, a senior United Nations official said today, pledging the Organization’s assistance to help the nation achieve its main goals in the aftermath of independence.

Press releases, and meeting summaries

ECOSOC adopts resolution on strengthening coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

21 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today concluded its Humanitarian Activities Segment after adopting a resolution on strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations.

ECOSOC holds panel on predictable, effective, flexible, and adequate humanitarian financing and its accountable use

20 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today held a panel discussion on preparing for the future – predictable, effective, flexible and adequate humanitarian financing and its accountable use to meet the evolving needs and challenges for the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and continued its general discussion on special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance.

ECOSOC opens Humanitarian Affairs Segment and dicusses special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance

19 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council this afternoon opened its Humanitarian Affairs Segment and heard an address by Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. It also held a general discussion on special economic, humanitarian and disaster relief assistance.

ECOSOC discusses role of United Nations and International Community in supporting capacity of South Sudan

19 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning held a panel discussion on the role of the United Nations and the international community in supporting the capacity of the Government of South Sudan to manage the transition from relief to development.

General Segment

UN News centre articles

Aid challenges and Government stalemate hinders aid to Haiti, UN report finds

28 July 2011 - A United Nations advisory group on Haiti today reported improvements in the earthquake-torn country but said aid coordination remains a challenge, and a stalemate in the formation of the Government is delaying aid.

Press releases, and meeting summaries

ECOSOC takes action on texts on South Sudan, NGOs, Cartography, Indigenous Issues and organizational matters

29 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council this morning took action on texts concerning support for South Sudan, the special consultative status of the non-governmental organization Movement against Atrocities and Repression, the dates for the nineteenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference, the report of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues and organizational matters.

ECOSOC adopts texts on social and human rights questions and on coordination issues

28 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today adopted a series of resolutions and decisions under its agenda items on social and human rights questions and coordination, programme and other questions. These included a decision by the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti after holding a discussion on long-term aid for Haiti.

ECOSOC establishes a committee of experts on global geospatial information management

27 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council today discussed economic and environmental questions, including sustainable development, statistics, human settlements, environment, population and development, public administration and development, etc...

The Economic and Social Council adopts resolutions in support of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, and UNAIDS

26 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council today adopted a series of resolutions and decisions contained in the report on the fourteenth session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development and the report on the fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. It also adopted a resolution on the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

ECOSOC adopts texts on Non-Governmental Organizations and Regional Cooperation

25 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today adopted texts on ECOSOC consultative status for non-governmental organizations and the work of the United Nations regional commissions, and held a discussion on the economic and social consequences of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the Syrian Golan under its agenda sub-item on non-self governing territories.

ECOSOC adopts texts on Istanbul Programme of Action on Least Developed Countries and United Nations Institute for Training

22 July 2011 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today opened its General Segment and took action on a series of texts, including on the Programme of Action for Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020; and on the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. It also heard a briefing from the Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission.

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