ECOSOC: Placing full employment front and centre

“In 2012 as I approach the end of my term, the need for accelerated progress in sustainable development has moved to the top of the global agenda. The High-level Segment has achieved results. We now have a powerful international jobs road map, one which is affirming the world’s remarkable commitment to ending poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals,” said Sha Zukang.

Mr. Sha, who retired from his post as DESA’s Under-Secretary-General on 31 July, delivered these remarks as ECOSOC’s High-level Segment was closing on 10 July. He continued praising the achievements saying, “the Declaration sets out unequivocally our collective resolve to place full employment front and centre of policy making. We need a strong ECOSOC, a strong United Nations, but above all we need a steadfast commitment to solving global problems together so we can achieve a sustainable future, a future we all want.”

After the Ministerial Declaration was adopted, ECOSOC President Miloš Koterec also summarised the importance of the segment by remarking, “we have come a long way in the adoption of the text. Unemployment is the biggest challenge of our time. When you see young people on the streets yearning for work, then you realize how important it is for us to get our act together”.

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Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

ECOSOC Ministerial Declaration