People-empowerment for peace, job creation and energy efficiency

A wide range of issues are to be addressed by the Economic and Financial Committee of the General Assembly, also known as the Second Committee, as it begins its work on 3 October under the Chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN

The agenda of the Second Committee is comprised of 15 different – and wide ranging – agenda items, including eradication of poverty, macroeconomic policy questions, sustainable development, financing for development and globalization and interdependence. The first meeting will feature opening statements by the Chair and DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang.

The Committee will also address groups of countries in special situations, agricultural development and food security, and the permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. There is also one new agenda item during the 66th session, which is entitled “People’s empowerment and a peace-centric development model”.

In addition to the Committee’s agenda, the Chair and the Bureau have indicated that they would like to host six special events during the forthcoming 66th session of the General Assembly, which will be part of the official Second Committee programme. Most of these events would be in the nature of panel discussions during the session on the following six themes:

1. People-empowered development models for sustainable peace;

2. Financing for development;

3. Follow-up to the LDC IV Conference: Integrating its provisions into national plans and policies;

4. Alternative development strategies for job creation;

5. Food and energy security and energy efficiency; and

6. Means of implementation for sustainable development

The Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination within DESA is currently working with FAO, IFAD, UNIDO, OHRLLS and divisions within the department to coordinate the preparation of these events.

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