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About the Task Force

In October 1995, the United Nations Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) established the Task Force on Basic Social Services for All (TFBSSA) to help coordinate the response of the United Nations system to the recommendations of the recent United Nations conferences and summits. The unifying theme of the system-wide action plan, on which the Task Force is based, is the provision of assistance to countries for a concerted attack on poverty. The members of the Task Force are: the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which serves as Chair; the United Nations Secretariat (Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis (DESIPA), Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (DPCSD) and Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA)); regional commissions (Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); International Labour Organization (ILO); International Monetary Fund (IMF); Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP); United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); World Bank; World Food Programme (WFP); and World Health Organization (WHO).

The Task Force on Basic Social Services for All is part of a broader United Nations initiative to galvanize the system around priority goals and objectives emerging from the recent United Nations conferences, and to rationalize and strengthen the system's follow-up mechanisms for delivery of coordinated assistance at the country and regional levels. For further information regarding specific indicators, contact the offices of agencies cited as the source.

(Return to United Nations Basic Social Services for All, 1997 Table of Contents)

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