The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 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 of the six main organs of the United Nations.
ECOSOC links a diverse family of UN entities (Organigram) dedicated to sustainable development, including regional economic and social commissions, functional commissions facilitating intergovernmental discussion, and specialized agencies, programmes and funds at work around the world to translate development commitments into real changes in people’s lives.
ECOSOC is a gateway for UN partnership and participation. It offers a unique global meeting point for productive dialogues among policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, foundations, businesses, youth and 3,200+ registered non-governmental organizations.