The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the principal organ to coordinate the economic and social work of the United Nations as well as its specialized agencies and institutions (Chapters IX and X of the Charter).
It serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system as a whole.
Functions and Powers
serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, which have a global or interdisciplinary character, and for formulating policy recommendations on these issues;
makes or initiates studies and reports and formulates recommendations on international issues in the economic, social, cultural, educational, public health fields and in other related fields;
encourages universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all;
organizes international conferences and prepares draft conventions;
enters into agreements with specialized institutions and coordinates their activities;
consults non-governmental organizations interested in matters with which it is concerned
The resolution of 20 November 2006 (61/16) on the Strengthening of the Economic and Social Council, adopted pursuant to paragraphs 155 and 156 of the final document of the world Summit of 2005, has set out a number of measures aimed at refocusing it on its key functions.
Updated on 16.11.10