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“We must work closely together to make this year a year of global action, one that will be remembered as the dawn of a new era of sustainable development.

Be a global citizen. Act with passion and compassion. Help us make this world safer and more sustainable today and for the generations that will follow us. That is our moral responsibility.”

-UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon


The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. ECOSOC, as one of the six main organs of the United Nations established by the UN Charter in 1946, is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals. Also, it is the UN’s largest and the most complex subsidiary body. Therewithal, ECOSOC serves as the central mechanism for the activities of the United Nations system and its specialized agencies, and supervises the subsidiary and expert bodies in the economic, social and environmental fields.

ECOSOC also engages a wide variety of stakeholders –policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, major groups, foundations, business sector representatives and more than 3,200 registered non-governmental organizations– in a productive 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.

In Şahinkaya Training 2018, delegates who will be participants in this committee are  expected to have a fruitful debate upon socio-economic problems that we have been tackling for a long time, while working together and finding the most beneficial solutions in order to develop our world in the way it deserves and certainly needs.

Agenda Item: Adjusting Sustainable Developmet Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

United Nations Economic and Social Council is apt for both experienced and inexperienced delegates.

Under-Secretary-General responsible for United Nations Economic and Social Council: Şevval Başak

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