ECOSOC oversees a complex ecosystem of subsidiary bodies, composed of UN regional commissions, ECOSOC functional commissions and expert bodies and related bodies. It is entrusted to guide and coordinate the work of these subsidiary bodies. It this has an influence on a wide remit of the work of the UN system on development.

NEW: Inputs to the 2021 HLPF by subsidiary body included below
         Informal summary by the Secretariat of the Joint meeting of the Council with the Chairs of the Subsidiary Bodies 

Regional Commissions

Functional Commissions [Upcoming sessions/themes]

  • Commission for Social Development (CSocD) 

    8 - 17 February 2021, 59th session

    Priority Theme:  Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all

    Emerging Issues: Social policy to promote a more inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery: Building back better post COVID-19 for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development.

    Theme of Ministerial Forum: Promoting multilateralism to realize inclusive, resilient and sustainable recovery from COVID-19 in the context of the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development and its social dimensions.

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  • Statistical Commission 

    1 - 3 and 5 March 2021, 52nd session

    Topics for discussion include: (i) International migration statistics; (ii) Household surveys; (iii) Economic statistics; (iv) Environmental-economic accounting; (v) Data and indicators for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; (vi)  Follow-up to the policy decisions of the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council; (vii) Management and modernization of statistical systems; (viii) Big data; (ix) Regional statistical development.

    Please see the annotated agenda for more information.

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  • Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

    15 - 26 March 2021, 65th session

    Priority Theme:  Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

    Review theme: Women's empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the 60th session)

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  • Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

    12 - 16 April 2021, 64th session; 9 - 10 December 2021, reconvened 64th session

          See the annotated provisional agenda for more information on the session

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  • Commission on Population and Development (CPD)

    [19 - 23 April 2021, 54th session]

    Thematic priorities:

    • (i) Actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the global, regional and national levels;

    • (ii) Population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development.

  • United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)

    26 - 30 April 2021, 16th session

    Thematic priorities:

    (i) Reversing the loss of forest cover;

    (ii) Enhancing forest-based economic, social and environmental benefits;

    (iii) Mobilizing financial resources and strengthening scientific and technical cooperation; promoting governance frameworks to advance implementation; and enhancing cooperation, coordination and coherence, for sustainable forest management.

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  • Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD)

    17 - 21 May 2021, 24th session

    Priority theme 1: Using STI to close the gap on SDG 3, good health and well-being.

    Priority theme 2: Harnessing blockchain for sustainable development: prospects and challenges.

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  • Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

    17 - 21 May 2021, 30th session; 9 - 10 December 2021, reconvened 30th session

    Theme: Effective measures to prevent and counter the smuggling of migrants, while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants, particularly women and children, and those of unaccompanied migrant children

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Expert bodies composed of governmental experts

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Expert bodies composed of members serving in their personal capacity

ECOSOC Standing Committees

Ad Hoc bodies

Other related bodies