Miloš Koterec, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations in New York, has been elected 68th President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – a position he will serve during one year.
During the official handover ceremony, the incoming President considered the changing global economic and social context in which the Council is operating and addressed some of the Council remaining challenges, including those that affect its biannual Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) and Annual Ministerial Review (AMR). Determined to make ECOSOC stronger, Mr. Koterec stressed that “In 2012, ECOSOC must […] carve out its niche as the forum for frank, free-flowing discourse on development cooperation.” It should cultivate “itself as the place where fresh, game-changing ideas are incubated, new policies established and global partnerships formed.” As such, he considered the Council the right place to discuss preparations and follow-up regarding the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), which will be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as to shape the post-2015 development framework.
On Rio+20, he said: “I strongly believe that ECOSOC is well placed and well equipped to become the central place for follow-up to Rio+20. No other body, whether existing or new, has the wherewithal for integrating the economic, social and environmental pillar.” With regard to the post-2015 development framework, he underlined that the Council is well positioned to provide a platform for visionary thinking, for agenda setting, and for retaining the best aspects of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He further called for advancing ECOSOC’s cooperation with other expert bodies, including the Bretton Woods Institutions, the G20, the Peacebuilding Commission, the UN Security Council, the private sector and civil society. Highlighting the Council’s legitimacy, complementarity and system-wide nature.
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The Council, established under the United Nations Charter and composed of 54 Member States, is one of the six main organs of the United Nations in charge of coordinating and examining the work of the UN on economic and social issues and to provide recommendations to its Member States.