United Nations Economic and Social Council

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The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was established in 1946 as one of the main organs of the United Nations; it is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.

ECOSOC engages a wide variety of stakeholders – policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, major groups, foundations, business sector representatives and over 3000 registered non-governmental organisations – in a dialogue on sustainable development through a programmatic cycle of meetings. The work of the Council is guided by an issue-based approach, and there is an annual theme that accompanies each programmatic cycle, ensuring a sustained and focused discussion among multiple stakeholders.

ECOSOC has been involved in discussions on and assessments of the progress made in the implementation of the outcomes of the Wold Summit on the Information Society, and has adopted annual resolutions in this regad since 2006. The Council has also been active in discussions on enhanced cooperation in Internet governance (through the Commission on Science and Technology for Development), and on other Internet public policy issues. In addition, at its annual meetings, ECOSOC adopts resolutions related to science and technology for development.


GIP event reports

Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development: regional experiences to promote youth employment and address inequality (2018)
Reviewing progress in achieving the SDGs (2018)
Better data for sustainable development (2018)
Combining Digital Governance and Stakeholder Knowledge to Promote Innovation and Transformative Actions in Support of the 2030 Agenda (2018)
Ireland’s innovative approach to monitoring the SDG indicators through geospatial visualisation (2018)
From up there to down here: Big space data and the SDGs (2018)
Knowledge frameworks to accelerate the 2030 Agenda (2018)
Public innovation and smart regulation for the 2030 Agenda (2018)
It’s in the Numbers – the Power of Partnerships to Measure SDG Progress (2018)
Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: Striving for Sustainable Development Goals (2018)
More and better financing for development data (2018)
Blockchain for transition towards sustainable and resilient societies (2018)
Thematic review: Advancing Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (2018)
ICT enabling the transition towards sustainable and resilient societies (2018)
Leveraging frontier technologies for sustainable development (2018)
Scaling solutions for Goal 12 for smartphones and ICT (2018)
Monitoring peace, evaluating institutions, building capacity: A data-driven conversation on SDG 16 and its upcoming 2019 review (2018)
High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (2017)

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