ECOSOC High-level Segment


The theme of the 2019 session of ECOSOC is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”

Held on an annual basis, the High-level Segment represents the culmination of ECOSOC's annual cycle of work and convenes a diverse group of high-level representatives from Government, the private sector, civil society and academia. The latest resolution adopted on a review of ECOSOC at the General Assembly in the 72nd  session (A/RES/72/305), decided that the final day of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC, which will take place the day following the closure of the ministerial segment of the HLPF, would “focus on future trends and scenarios related to the Council theme, the long-term impact of current trends, such as the contribution of new technologies, in the economic, social and environmental areas on the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, based on the work of the United Nations and other regional and international organizations and bodies as well as other stakeholders.”  


The 2019 High-level Segment of ECOSOC will be held  on 19 July 2019, at UN Headquarters in New York.  

  • Official programme of the High-level Segment
  • Concept Note
  • Where are we heading? Visions and projections for the future of the SDGs (Webcast)
    • Ms. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary of ESCWA
    • Ms. Marcela Guillibrand De la Jara, Executive Director, Red Voluntarios de Chile (MGoS) (remarks)
  • Speaker Biographies

    Keynote speakers:

    • Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (remarks)
    • Mr. Cristian Samper, President and CEO, Wildlife Conservation Society (presentation)


    • Ms. Gerda Verburg, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Scaling-Up Nutrition Movement

    Resource persons:

    • H.E. Ms. Li Andersson, Minister of Education, Finland
    • H.E. Ms. Ohood bint Khalifa Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing and Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office, United Arab Emirates (remarks)
    • Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP
    • Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President of the World Bank Group
    • Mr. Masamichi Kono, Deputy Secretary-General of OECD
    • Mr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Acting Deputy Director General, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) (remarks)

    Lead discussants:

  • Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality: Long term trends and scenarios (Webcast)

    Speaker Biographies


    • Ms. Claire Melamed, Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

    Resource persons:

    • Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Chair of the Committee of the Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), former Minister for the Public and Administration of South Africa, and Chancellor of Nelson Mandela University
    • Ms. Isabelle Durant, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD (remarks)
    • Ms. Isabelle Pypaert-Perrin, Executive Director of the International Movement ATD Fourth World (remarks)
    • Mr. Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow and the Director of Technology and Development, Center for Global Development
    • Ms. Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner Wales

    Lead discussants:

    • Ms. Doreen Bogdan Martin, Director of the Development Bureau of International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
    • Ms. Paulette Metang, Executive President of Association Camerounaise pour la Prise en Charge des Personnes Agees, (MGoS) (remarks)

    Concluding remarks:

    • Mr. Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (remarks)

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