Intergovernmental processes and deliberations are at the heart of the United Nations system and includes the work of the General Assembly (Second and Third Committee), the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and well as their subsidiary mechanisms. These are the central platforms for fostering debate and innovative thinking, and coordinating efforts to achieve internationally agreed goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Second Committee (Economic and Financial Committee) of the General Assembly deals with issues relating to economic growth and development, and the Third Committee focus on a range of social, humanitarian affairs and cultural issues.
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 also a gateway for UN partnership and participation. It offers a unique global meeting point for productive dialogues among government officials, policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, foundations, businesses, youth and 3,200+ registered non-governmental organizations.
The HLPF is the main UN platform on sustainable development and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals at the global level. It is under the auspices of the General Assembly and ECOSOC.