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ECOSOC President Outlines Plans and Programmes for 2013

Néstor Osorio (photograph courtesy of ECOSOC)13 February 2013: The newly elected 69th President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Néstor Osorio, has highlighted that the Council's work in 2013 will center around integrating the three pillars of sustainable development into UN development efforts.

Outlining plans for the year, Osorio said the Council will focus on food security and nutrition, and youth integration into society, among other issues. He highlighted the importance of the Council's relationships with the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) given the difficult global economic situation, and said he is planning to meet with representatives of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and UNCTAD to discuss financing, economic development, poverty reduction, trade and job creation.

Osorio said ECOSOC's annual ministerial review (AMR) will focus on the intersection of science, technology and innovation (STI) in promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as a follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

On the Council's 2013 Substantive Session, he said it will focus on identifying, analyzing and recommending economic, social and environmental programmes, and will address some of the challenges confronting the developing world, particularly those relating to the agriculture sector.

Osorio was speaking on 13 February 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York, US, at his first press conference since taking up the presidency. [UN Press Release] [Press Conference] [IISD RS Story on Election of ECOSOC President]