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MEDIA CENTRE

General Segment (18-25 July)

Humanitarian Affairs Segment (15-17 July)

Operational Activities Segment (10-12 July)

Coordination Segment (5-9 July)

High-level Segment (4-8 July)

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General Segment

Press releases, and meeting summaries

ECOSOC suspends 2013 Substantive Session

26 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon suspended its substantive 2013 session in Geneva.

ECOSOC adopts texts on social and human rights questions

25 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this morning adopted one text on economic and environmental questions and a substantial number of texts on social and human rights questions.

ECOSOC adopts texts on economic and environmental questions and on women and development, including Palestinian women.

24 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this afternoon adopted three texts on women and development and 13 texts on economic and environmental questions.

Economic and Social Council adopts resolution on Gender Mainstreaming in the United Nations System

24 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning adopted a resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system.

Economic and Social Council extends the mandate of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti

23 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon adopted a resolution in which it extended the mandate of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti for a year after holding a general discussion on the long-term programme of support for Haiti. 

ECOSOC adopts text on UN System Staff College in Turin, holds general discussion on UN Research and Training Institutes

23 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning adopted a resolution on the United Nations System Staff College in Turin, Italy after a general discussion on United Nations research and training institutes.

Economic and Social Council adopts decision on South Sudan and discusses African countries emerging from conflict

22 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon adopted a decision under its agenda item on coordination, programme and other questions, on South Sudan after discussing African countries emerging from conflict. 

ECOSOC adopts texts on UNAIDS, Non-Communicable Diseases and Science and Technology for Development

22 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this morning adopted texts in which it urged UNAIDS to continue to support the full and effective implementation of the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS and requested the Secretary-General to establish the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.

ECOSOC adopts two texts on repercussions of Israeli Occupation and on a Europe-Africa link through the straight of Gibraltar

19 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon adopted two resolutions on the economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the Arab population in the Occupied Syrian Golan and on a Europe-Africa fixed link through the Strait of Gibraltar. 

ECOSOC holds panel discussion to mark the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Development and Production

19 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning held a panel discussion to mark the 10-year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Development and Production and started a general discussion on the implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples

ECOSOC discusses world food security and implementation of the General Assembly resolution on strengthening ECOSOC

18 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon held an interactive discussion with the Chair of the Committee on World Food Security after he presented the Committee’s report.

ECOSOC grants consultative status to 320 Non-Governmental Organizations

18 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning adopted nine decisions recommended to it by the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in which it decided to grant consultative status to 320 non-governmental organizations

Humanitarian Affairs Segment

Press releases, and meeting summaries

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

17 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon adopted a resolution on strengthening coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations. The Council also concluded its general discussion under the Humanitarian Affairs Segment and closed the segment.

ECOSOC holds panel discussion on promoting humanitarian innovation for improved response

17 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning held a panel discussion on promoting humanitarian innovation for improved response.

ECOSOC holds discussion on reducing vulnerability, improving capacities and managing risks in humanitarian operations

16 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this morning held a panel discussion on reducing vulnerability, improving capacities and managing risks: an approach for humanitarian and development actors to work together.

ECOSOC opens Humanitarian Affairs Segment and holds general discussion on the future of humanitarian affairs

15 July - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon opened its Humanitarian Affairs Segment and held a general discussion on the future of humanitarian affairs: towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness.

ECOSOC holds event to discuss supporting national priorities in a process of transition from relief to development

15 July - The Economic and Social Council this morning held an event to discuss supporting national priorities in a process of transition from relief to development: United Nations delivering as one.

Operational Activities Segment

Press releases, and meeting summaries

ECOSOC adopts text on Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of Operational Activities for Development of the United Nations

12 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning adopted a resolution on progress in the implementation of General Assembly resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system and closed its Operational Activities Segment.

Economic and Social Council holds panel discussion on accountability for system-wide results and impact

11 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon held a panel discussion on accountability for system-wide results and impact.  During the discussion, views were exchanged on improving the accountability of the United Nations development system for system-wide results and impact.

Economic and Social Council holds interactive dialogue with Executive Heads of United Nations Funds and Programmes

10 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon held an interactive dialogue with the United Nations Funds and Programmes, exploring ways of making the most of the common framework in order to monitor the implementation of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review in the agency-specific systems.

Economic and Social Council opens Operational Activities Segment

10 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this morning opened its Operational Activities Segment, hearing statements from the Vice-President of the Council and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, an introduction of the reports of the Secretary-General, and then held a panel discussion on progress made in the implementation of General Assembly resolution 67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review.

Coordination Segment

Press releases, and meeting summaries

Economic and Social Council holds panel discussion on Financing for Sustainable Development

9 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon held a panel discussion on financing for sustainable development.  During the discussion, panellists explored ways of devising a coherent strategy for sustainable development financing and considered the role which development financing could play in implementing the development agenda.

Economic and Social Council holds general discussion on follow-up to major United Nations Conferences and Summits

9 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this morning held a general discussion on implementation of and follow-up to major United Nations conferences and summits, and on follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development. It also heard an introductory statement by the Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination and held a question and answer period about the reports of the coordination bodies.

ECOSOC holds general discussion on role of United Nations System in implementing the 2012 Ministerial Declaration

8 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this afternoon held a general discussion on the role of the United Nations system in implementing the Ministerial Declaration of the High-level Segment of the 2012 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council.

ECOSOC holds panel on using human rights instruments and ILO standards and recommendations to achieve decent work for all

8 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this morning held a panel discussion on using human rights instruments and International Labour Organization standards and recommendations to achieve decent work for all.

Economic and Social Council opens Coordination Segment, adopts four resolutions on regional commissions

5 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this morning opened its Coordination Segment and held a dialogue with its regional commissions on regional perspectives on the post-2015 development agenda.  The Council also adopted four resolutions recommended to it by its regional commissions.

Economic and Social Council holds panel discussion on partnerships for productive capacity and decent work

5 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon held a panel discussion on partnerships for productive capacity and decent work, looking at ways in which United Nations inter-agency partnerships and partnerships between the United Nations system and the private sector could increase productive capacity and promote the creation of decent jobs.

High-level Segment

News articles

Annual UN forum spotlights role of science, technology and innovation for development

1 July 2013 - Innovations in science and technology will be vital for tackling today’s global challenges, from reducing poverty to ensuring sustainable development, top United Nations officials stressed, as they kicked off the annual substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Research, technology keep pace despite lingering economic crisis– UN-backed report

1 July 2013 – Despite the economic crises, innovation is alive and well with research and development spending levels up, the United Nations intellectual property agency today said unveiling the latest Global Innovation Index.

New global broadband study: national plans and competitive markets are crucial

1 July 2013 – Countries with a clearly-defined national vision for broadband roll-out are significantly out-performing those taking a more laissez-faire approach to broadband development, according to a new joint report just released by ITU, the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and network equipment maker Cisco Systems

Global Innovation Index 2013: US Rejoins Five Most-Innovative Nations as Switzerland Keeps Top Spot – Local Dynamics Key to Overcoming Global Innovation Divide

1 July 2013 - The United States rejoined the five most-innovative nations and the United Kingdom moved up to the third spot while Switzerland retained its place atop the rankings in the Global Innovation Index 2013, published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Millennium Development Goals are within reach, but stronger efforts needed – UN report

1 July 2013 – Thirteen years after the world set the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), countries have made big strides to meet the eight anti-poverty targets by their 2015 deadline, says a United Nations report released today, which stresses that the unmet goals are still within reach, but nations need to step up their efforts to achieve them. 

 

UN radio

ECOSOC focuses on international financial and trade institutions

ECOSOC annual session focuses on science, technology, and innovation

 

Video

Webcast of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC

Coverage by South South News

1. Daily videos

Importance of Science, Technology, Innovation and Culture for Development

Status of the world economy and the global financial situation

2. Individual Interviews

Interview with President of Colombia

 

Photo

United Nations Office at Geneva Photo - Flickr

 

Press releases, and meeting summaries

Economic and Social Council discusses its contribution to the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda

4 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today held a thematic discussion on its contribution to the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda as a principal body for policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on issues of economic and social development and for the follow-up to the Millennium Development Goals.  It held two panels on shaping the post-2015 development agenda and on follow up to the post-2015 development agenda.

Economic and Social Council continues High-level Segment General debate

4 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning concluded its High-level Segment general debate on the theme of the Annual Ministerial Review: science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Economic and Social Council continues High-level Segment General debate

3 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon continued its High-level Segment general debate on the theme of the Annual Ministerial Review: science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Economic and Social Council holds panel discussion on universal health coverage

3 July 2013 - The United Nations Economic and Social Council this afternoon held a panel discussion on universal health coverage, addressing questions such as the meaning and importance of universal health coverage and ways of financing and promoting it.

President of Colombia Addresses Economic and Social Council (Non-UN News articles, Pictures and Videos)

3 July 2013 - In his statement, Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, said that the challenges facing humanity had become increasingly complex to tackle but there were also many opportunities to seize in order to make progress in justice, equality and sustainability.  Bringing about sustainable development and eradicating poverty were not independent global challenges but needed to go hand in hand with concrete action from governments, academia and civil society. 

Economic and Social Council starts High-level Segment General Debate

2 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon heard the national voluntary presentation of France, followed by an interactive dialogue.

Economic and Social Council holds High-level Policy Dialogue with International Financial and Trade Institutions

2 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this morning held a high-level policy dialogue with the international financial and trade institutions on current developments in the world economy and heard a keynote address by Leonel Fernandez, former President of the Dominican Republic.

Economic and Social Council hears National Voluntary Presentations of Peru, Vietnam and Nigeria

1 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon heard the national voluntary presentations of Peru, Viet Nam and Nigeria, followed by an interactive dialogue.

UN Secretary-General on Global Innovation Index: Innovation must be locally adapted and build on home-grown knowledge

1 July 2013 - "Science, technology and innovation have played an enormous role in the world’s progress towards the Millennium Development Goals," said UN Secretary-General at the Economic and Social Council in Geneva

Economic and Social Council opens 2013 Substantive Session

1 July 2013 - The Economic and Social Council this morning hears Keynote Addresses on Theme of Annual Ministerial Review on Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Potential of Culture, for Promoting Sustainable Development. The Council, in collaboration of WIPO also launched the Global Innovation Index

Economic and Social Council to hold 2013 Substantive Session at Palais des Nations in Geneva from 1 to 26 July

28 June 2013 - The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which serves as the central United Nations forum for discussing international economic and social issues, will hold its 2013 substantive session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 1 to 26 July.

 

Visit of President of Colombia in Geneva

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