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ECOSOC Support & Coordination

ECOSOC Special Meeting on Inequality

Session 2. ÒTackling Inequality Ð A moral imperative and goal of the 2030 AgendaÓ

Moderator: Ali Velshi, Al Jazeera America.
Panelists: Bernard-Henri Levy, Philosopher; Thomas Pogge, Yale University, USA; Mirna Cunningham Kain, Activist, Former Chairperson of UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues; Marc Fleurbaey, Princeton University, USA

The Economic and Social Council is at the heart of the United Nations system. It is the central platform for fostering debate and innovative thinking, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals. It is also responsible for the follow-up to major UN conferences and summits. The UN Charter established ECOSOC in 1945 as one…

Sustainable Development


On 25 September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets. Building upon the success of the Millennium Development Goals, this new development agenda is the international community’s primary guide for sustainable development in the years…



In 2011, the global population surpassed 7 billion, and it is expected to reach 9 billion by 2045. The implications and management of our rapid population growth, as well as specific population-related themes are central to development efforts. The Commission on Population and Development was created to follow-up to the implementation of the Programme of…

Public Administration

Parliamentary and Presidential elections in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

The United Nations promotes and support the development of public administration and institutions among Member States for realizing the internationally agreed development goals, including the SDGs. It supports  inclusive intergovernmental discussions, research and capacity development for building effective, accountable, inclusive and transparent institutions.  This includes analyzing and reporting on the institutional dimensions of sustainable development,…

Financing for Development

SOMALIA, Mogadishu: In a photograph taken 23 October 2013 and released by the African Union-United Nations Informtaion Support Team 25 October, a money exchanger counts Somali shilling notes on the streets of the Somali capital Mogadishu. Millions of people in the Horn of Africa nation Somalia rely on money sent from their relatives and friends abroad in the form of remittances in order to survive, but it is feared that a decision by Barclays Bank to close the accounts of some of the biggest Somali money transfer firms – due to be announced this week - will have a devastating effect on the country and its people. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), an estimated $1.6 billion US dollars is sent back annually by Somalis living in Europe and North America. Some money transfer companies in Somalia have been accused of being used by pirates to launder money received form ransoms as well as used by Al Qaeda-affiliated extremist group al Shabaab group to fund their terrorist activities and operations in Somalia and the wider East African region. AU/UN IST PHOTO / STUART PRICE.

A major achievement of 2015 was the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, a new global framework for financing sustainable development, which aligns all financing flows and policies with economic, social and environmental priorities. The Addis Agenda builds on the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and 2008 Doha Declaration and provides a strong foundation to support…

Social Policy and Development


The goal of social policy is to promote universal social protection and equality. The United Nations’ main tasks regarding social development is to strengthen international cooperation, based on the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development and Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development. Social Development encompasses a wide range of issues, including, but…



Part of the mission of the United Nations is to serve as a global centre for data on all issues, making information compiled throughout the UN system available worldwide. When it comes to statistics, it is our responsibility to manage and facilitate the development of the global statistical system. We strive to develop standards, principles…

Development Policy and Analysis


The United Nations works on emerging cross-sectoral development issues and on international cooperation for development. It serves as a think-tank for development economics, supporting countries’ integration into the world economy and successfully works towards the goals and targets of the UN Development Agenda. It monitors and analyses global economic trends and prospects and formulates advice…



The United Nations works to promote the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end. Our promotion of sustainable forest management practises is based on the UN Forest Instrument, the Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles, Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 and the outcome of…

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