Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development

The Office supports the work of the General Assembly, ECOSOC and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It works with Member States, other UNDESA divisions, the UN system entities, NGOs and other major groups and other stakeholders of society to support the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda by UN intergovernmental bodies.

The Office also supports the HLPF, notably its review of progress towards the SDGs by including Voluntary National Reviews.

The Office also supports the General Assembly quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) of the United Nations system’s operational activities. As such, it provides extensive substantive monitoring, analysis and policy support to inform Member States’ guidance and oversight of the UN development system, including through the annual ECOSOC operational activities for development segment, and a continuous engagement with the UN development system at both entity and system-wide level, as well as with the system’s coordination mechanisms.

The Office assists ECOSOC by fostering debate and innovative thinking, promoting consensus on ways forward, and coordinating efforts to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs). It does so by coordinating the Council’s annual session and related analytical work. The Office supports ECOSOC’s oversight of its subsidiary bodies, as well as promotes their coherent contribution to the work of ECOSOC and the HLPF.  It also assists Council in identifying emerging challenges and major issues requiring the attention of Member States and the UN system, to and build and sustain peace and realize the SDGs.

The Office is the entry point for NGOs seeking consultative status with ECOSOC, through its support to the NGO Committee, it guides those in status on how best to contribute to the work of the Council. It also works to support the engagement of major groups and other stakeholders in the work of the HLPF.

Ms. Marion Barthélemy, Director

Main Activities

  • Promote implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the General Assembly, the HLPF, ECOSOC high-level and other segments, meetings, Youth Forum and other events;
  • Support HLPF’s session and reviews ongoing DESA (notably DSDG) and the UN system reforms;
  • Support ECOSOC to provide overall guidance and coordination to the ECOSOC subsidiary bodies through the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meetings;
  • Prepare and support the QCPR of the United Nations system’s operational activities;
  • Actively engage UN agencies and other stakeholders in the work of ECOSOC, the Second Committee and in high-level events sponsored by the Office of the President of the General Assembly, and the HLPF;
  • Actively promote and facilitate applications from a growing number of NGOs applying for ECOSOC consultative status to engage in the work of the United Nations at large, including in global conferences, consultations and intergovernmental processes; and
  • Support the engagement of major groups.
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