Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the principal organs of the United Nations established by the UN Charter in 1945. It consists of 54 Members of the United Nations elected by the General Assembly. It is responsible under the General Assembly for co-ordinating economic, social and related work of the fourteen United Nations specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions.
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The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is one of the principal organs of the United Nations established by the UN Charter in 1945. It consists of 54 Members of the United Nations elected by the General Assembly. It is responsible under the General Assembly for co-ordinating economic, social and related work of the fourteen United Nations specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions.

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Functions of ECOSOC

• Promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress

• Identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems

• Facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation

• Encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms

Subsidiary machinery of ECOSOC

ECOSOC has under-mentioned subsidiary machinery which given below:

ECOSOC Functional Commissions

• Statistical Commission

• Commission on Population and Development

• Commission for Social Development

• Commission on the Status of Women

• Commission on Narcotic Drugs

• Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

• Commission on Science and Technology for Development

• United Nations Forum on Forests

ECOSOC Regional Commissions

• Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

• Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

• Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)

• Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

• Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

ECOSOC Standing Committees

• Committee for Programme and Coordination

• Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations

• Committee on Negotiations with Intergovernmental Agencies

Expert bodies composed of governmental experts

• Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

• Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting

• United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names

• UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM)

Expert bodies composed of members serving in their personal capacity

• Committee for Development Policy

• Committee of Experts on Public Administration

• Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters

• Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

• Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Other related bodies

• Committee for the United Nations Population Award

• Executive Board of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women

• International Narcotics Control Board

• Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

• United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN)

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