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UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

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Why is this important?

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of 14 specialised UN agencies, their functional commissions and five regional commissions. Every summer, ECOSOC holds a month-long substantive session, held alternatively in New York and Geneva. One of its five segments is Humanitarian Affairs (HAS).

From the humanitarian perspective, it is important to note that ECOSOC unanimously adopts a humanitarian resolution each July. HAS bring together key humanitarian actors from the UN system, donors and affected countries, and other humanitarian stakeholders, including NGOs and academics. Topics of discussion include both the main on-going humanitarian emergencies, and the important humanitarian policy issues, such as the Transformative Agenda or the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.

How are we helping?

The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), through its staff in EU delegations in New York and Geneva provides substantive inputs and helps coordinate a single EU position in the annual negotiation of the ECOSOC humanitarian resolution. The ECHO team, led by senior management, traditionally participates in numerous events in and around the ECOSOC HAS.

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