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ECOSOC 2005 High-Level Segment Achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, as well as implementing the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits: Progress made,
challenges and opportunities
29 June-1 July 2005 | UN Headquarters, New York
 
 
 

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Highlights from Wednesday, 29 June 2005

The High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) opened at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday, 29 June 2005 . The Segment, which took as its theme, “Achieving the internationally agreed development goals,” began with opening statements from invited speakers. These were followed by a policy dialogue on current developments in the world economy and international economic cooperation in the context of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In the afternoon, a series of eight round table dialogues convened to consider development goals relating to poverty, health, partnerships and financing, national capacity, national strategies, education, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.

 
José Anotonio Ocampo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and UN Secretay-General Kofi Annan
 
 

ECOSOC President Munir Akram, Pakistan, opened the meeting, and noted that this year's ECOCOC session is taking place under special circumstances, highlighting the urgent need for action to address poverty and other development challenges in order to meet internationally-agreed development goals, and noting the input that key policymakers attending this meeting could provide.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told delegates that the upcoming 2005 World Summit in September offers a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to give a major boost to our efforts to reach the development goals.” He expressed hope that others would follow the EU's lead by committing to increase ODA, and applauded the G8's debt relief deal. He said progress must be made simultaneously on three fronts – development, security, and human rights. He suggested that the Summit in September was an opportunity to fortify ECOSOC as the organ mandated to coordinate the activities of the UN system, and drew attention to several proposals in his report, In Larger Freedom , including that ECOSOC hold annual ministerial-level implementation assessments and a biennial Development Cooperation Forum.

 


Voices against Poverty
 
 
 
Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 2001, identified three steps for advancing development. First, he said development concerns must be better integrated into the international trade regime. Secondly, he called for shifting risks from fluctuating exchange rates to developed countries and for a global reserve reform. Finally, he urged the recognition of environmental services performed by developing countries, including carbon storage and biodiversity conservation.
 
 

Kofi Annan with ECOSOC President Akram (left) and Juan Somavia, Director-General, International Labor Organization (ILO) (right)

Highlighting the role of employment in achieving the MDGs, Juan Somavia, ILO, stated that many people only need a fair chance and decent job to escape poverty. Lamenting the global job crisis, he urged delegates to use ECOSOC as a forum to address it.

 
 

Juan Somavia, Director-General, International Labor Organization (left) and António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (right)

António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, indicated that international society still excludes refugees' voices. Highlighting inclusiveness and access as keys to achieving the MDGs, he also identified the need for conflict prevention and long term post-conflict humanitarian assistance.

 
 
 
 
   
 
Tarja Halonen, President of Finland (left)
 

High-level Policy Dialogue on current developments in the world economy and international economic cooperation in the context of achieving the MDGs
 
 

Carlos Fortin, Officer-in-Charge, UNCTAD, identified some of the potential pitfalls in the recent increase in growth of developing economies such as the slow growth rate of the global economy and disparities in development. He asserted the need for creating and implementing nationally owned development strategies that speed investment and growth and maintaining a balance between national policy and international commitments by all governments.

Jean Louis Sarbib, Senior Vice-President of the Human Development Network, World Bank, identified five dimensions towards achieving MDGs and development as: ensuring country ownership of development efforts, improving the environment for private sector led economic growth, scaling up delivery of human services, dismantling barriers to trade and doubling developmental aid.

José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, reported that world economic growth was at its strongest for two years, with reduced global disparities. He emphasized international coordination to maintain momentum and urged the Council to agree on the means to attain the economic growth necessary to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

 
 

Secretary-General Kofi Annan with Delano Fanklyn, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jamaica (left)

Reinhard Munzberg, Special Representative of the International Monetary Fund to the UN (center), highlighted problems such as the increasing volatility of oil markets that could potentially affect the global economic balance and achievement of the MDGs. Outlining IMF's efforts for financing low income countries, he noted the importance of debt relief, debt sustainability analysis and the completion of the Doha round.

Supachai Panitchpakdi, Director-General, World Trade Organization (right), urged conclusion of the Doha WTO negotiations by the end of 2005. Regarding trade conditions, he highlighted, inter alia, the: cyclical nature of commodity export expansion; and effects of China 's emergence in the world trade system.

 
 
Gérard Latortue, Prime Minister, Haiti, and Tarja Halonen, President of Finland

Roundtables
 
Roundtable dialogue on global partnerships and financing of the MDGs
 
 
 

Stephano Manservisi, Director-General for Trade, European Commisssion, highlighted good governance and additional, effective ODA, and Carlos Fortin, UNCTAD, said debt need not be harmful if it is sustainable.

 
 
Chair Ishrat Hussain, Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (left), Vivien Pliner-Joseph, Secretariat (center), and José Luis Machinea, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), noted the difficulties many poor countries face in attracting FDI.
 
 
Reinhard Munzberg, IMF (left), said countries should determine appropriate policies and resource allocation and Eveline Herfkens, MDG Campaign (right), said a lot of ODA is not focused on the poor or low income countries and opposed agriculture subsidies.
 
 
Melinda Kimble, Senior Vice-President for Programmes, UN Foundation (right) highlighted the need for innovative partnerships and energizing the private sector

Roundtable dialogue on health
 
 
Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA, and Brigitte Girardin, Minister of Development Cooperation, France (left)
 
 
Chair Carin Jämtin, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden (far right), said countries are failing to achieve the goals they have set.

Roundtable dialogue on the eradication of poverty and hunger
 
 

Moderator Jacques Diouf, Director-General, FAO, and Chair Gérard Latortue, Prime Minister, Haiti (left)

Charlotte McClain-Nhalpo, South African Human Rights Commission/World Bank, emphasized the need to operationalize guidelines towards the right to food.

 

Roundtable dialogue on building state capacity to meet the MDGs: human rights, governance, institutions and human resources
 
 
José Antonio Ocampo, UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, Chair Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, Nikhil Seth, Secretariat, and Anyang' Nyong'o, Minister of Planning and National Development, Kenya
 
 
Mehr Khan Williams, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights (left), Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, and Rehman Sobhan, Chairman, Center for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh

Roundtable dialogue on education and literacy
 
 
Peter Smith, Assistant Director General for Education, UNESCO (left), called for innovative approaches to education. and Chair Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia (second from right), emphasized basic literacy, gender inclusiveness and good governance.
 

Roundtable dialogue on gender equality and the empowerment of women
Rachel Mayanja, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, Noleen Heyzer, UNIFEM, Chair Nilofar Bakhtiar, Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister Incharge, Minsitry of Women Development, Pakistan, Secretariat, and Marcela del Mar Suazo Laitano, Minister Incharge of the National Institute of Women of Honduras
 
Marcela del Mar Suazo Laitano, Honduras, highlighted their recently adopted constitutional declaration which aimed to include women in decision-making at all levels.

Roundtable dialogue on environmental sustainability
 
 
UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, Brigitte Girardin Minister of Development Cooperation, France, Chair Rogatien Biaou, Benin, and Nikhil Seth, Secretariat
 

Luo Yu, Solar Cookers International, said smoke from cooking fires is a major health threat and highlighted solar cooking as a clean and inexpensive alternative. Luo Yu with UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer

Andrew Deutz, IUCN, emphasized the need to mainstream environment into national planning processes.


Roundtable dialogue on national strategies to achieve the MDGs
 
 
Masood Ahmed, Director-General for Policy and International Development, UK, Sidi Ould Didi, Minister of Economic Affairs and Development, Mauritania, Moderator Carmen Gallarda Hernandez, Permanent Representative of El Salvador, and Vivien Pliner-Joseph, Secretariat
 
 

Side event: IUCN reception and book launch
 
 

Bill Jackson, Global Programme Director, IUCN (left), introduces two new IUCN publications: Poverty and Conservation: Livelihoods, Landscapes and Power and Depend on Nature: Ecosystem services supporting human livelihoods

UNEP Executive Director Klaus Teopfer speaks with Andrew Deutz, IUCN

 

Related links

Meeting information

ECOSOC website
ECOSOC High-level Segment website
Annotated provisional agenda
Draft programme
Preparatory event for ECOSOC High-level Segment
Report of the Secretary-General on the themes of the high-level and coordination segments
Draft Ministerial declaration
UN High-level Plenary Meeting
Millennium Summit
Millennium Summit+5
Millennium Development Goals
Millennium Project

Background Documents

Report of the Secretary-General: Towards achieving internationally agreed development goals, including those included in the Millennium Declaration
Background documentation for the dialogue with heads of international trade and finance institutions: World Economic and Social Survey 2005 , Report of the Committee for Development Policy on its seventeenth session
Theme for the High-level Segment The Secretary-General's Report: In Larger FreedomRecent IISD coverage of related events: Development Forum: 14–15 March 2005, Preparatory Meeting for the ECOSOC 2005 High-Level Segment: 16–17 March 2005 Community Commons

Other links

UN General Assembly
UN MDG site
World Bank MDG site
UN Development Programme
UN Development Group MDG site
World Health Organization MDG site
UN-HABITAT MDG site
UNHCHR MDG site
UN Population Fund MDG site
UN Children’s Fund MDG site
Food and Agriculture Organization
UN-NGLS MDG site
The Millennium Project
Millennium Indicators database
Earth Negotiations Bulletin’s Coverage of UN Conferences and Summits

World Summit on Sustainable Development

WSSD (26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa)
WSSD PrepCom IV (25 May - 7 June 2002, Bali, Indonesia)
WSSD PrepCom III (25 March - 5 April 2002, New York)
WSSD PrepCom II (28 January - 8 February 2002, New York)
WSSD PrepCom Informal Brainstorming Session (16-17 January 2002, UN headquarters, New York)
WSSD Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting (27-29 November 2001, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
WSSD West Asia Regional Preparatory Meeting (24 October 2001, Cairo, Egypt)
WSSD LAC Regional Preparatory Meeting (23-24 October 2001, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
WSSD African Regional Preparatory Meeting (15-18 October 2001, Nairobi, Kenya)
WSSD ECE Regional Preparatory Meeting (24-25 September 2001, Geneva, Switzerland)
WSSD International Eminent Persons Meeting on Interlinkages — Bridging Problems and Solutions to Work Towards Sustainable Development (3-4 September 2001, Tokyo, Japan)
WSSD PrepCom I (30 April - 2 May 2001, New York)

Earth Summit +5

UNGASS-19 (23-27 June 1997, New York)
Debate on UNCED-Related Issues (1992, 1993, 1994, New York)

UN Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED (3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
PrepCom IV UNCED (2 March - 4 April 1992, New York)

Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Mauritius International Meeting (10-14 January 2005, Port Louis, Mauritius)
BPOA+10 second round of informal informal consultations briefing note (7,8 and 11 October 2004, UN headquarters, New York)
BPOA+10 Informal Informal Consultations Briefing Note (17-19 May 2004, UN headquarters, New York)
SIDS Preparatory Meeting for BPoA +10 (14-16 April 2004, UN headquarters, New York)
BPOA+10 PrepCom Briefing Note (15 March 2004, UN headquarters, New York)
SIDS Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the 10-year Review of the BPOA (26-30 January 2004, Nassau, Bahamas)
UNGASS Review and Appraisal of Implementation of Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (27-28 September 1999, UNHQ, New York)
Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of SIDS (25 April - 6 May 1994, Barbados) Disaster Reduction World Conference on Disaster Reduction (18-22 January 2005, Kobe-Hyogo, Japan)
World Conference on Disaster Reduction PrepCom2 (11-12 October 2004, Geneva, Switzerland)
World Conference on Disaster Reduction PrepCom1 (6-7 May 2004, Geneva, Switzerland)

Human Settlements

25th Special Session of the UN General Assembly (Istanbul+5) for an Overall Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Habitat Agenda (6-8 June 2001, UNHQ, New York)
Second PrepCom for UN General Assembly for an Overall Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Habitat Agenda  (19-23 February 2001, Nairobi, Kenya)
Second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) (3-14 June 1996, Istanbul, Turkey)
Third substantive session of the Habitat II PrepCom (5-16 February 1996, UNHQ, New York)
Second substantive session of the Habitat II PrepCom (24 April - 5 May 1995, Nairobi, Kenya)
First substantive session of the PrepCom for the Second UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) (11-22 April 1994, Geneva, Switzerland)
ENB archives of Habitat meetings

Social Development

UN Special Session: Copenhagen+5 (26 June - 1 July 2000, Geneva, Switzerland)
Informal Consultations for the Special Session: Copenhagen+5 (May 2000, UNHQ, New York)
PrepCom for the UN Special Session on the World Summit for Social Development and beyond: Copenhagen+5 (3-14 April 2000, UNHQ, New York)
World Summit for Social Development (5-12 March 1995, Copenhagen, Denmark)
ENB archives of Social Development meetings

Population and Development

Twenty-first Special Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGASS-21) (30 June - 2 July 1999, UN headquarters, New York)
UN Commission on Population and Development Resumed Session of the ICPD+5 PrepCom (24-29 June 1999, UN headquarters, New York)
32nd Session of the UN Commission on Population and Development and ICPD +5 Preparatory Meeting (22-31 March 1999, UN headquarters, New York)
The Hague Forum (8-12 February 1999, The Hague, The Netherlands)
United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (5-13 September 1994, Cairo, Egypt)
ENB archives of ICPD meetings

Women and Gender

UN General Assembly Special Session (Beijing+5): Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the 21st Century (5-10 June 2000, New York)
Informal Consultations of the 44th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (Beijing+5 PrepCom) (May 2000, New York)
44th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (Beijing+5 PrepCom)  (28 February - 17 March 2000, New York)
43rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (1-19 March 1999, New York)
Fourth World Conference on Women (4-15 September 1995, Beijing, China)
ENB archives of CSW meetings

Links to UN Conferences and Summits

2005

Beijing +10: Commission on the Status of Women (28 February - 11 March, New York)
Copenhagen +10: Commission for Social Development (February, New York)
World Conference on Disaster Reduction  (18-22 January, Hyogo, Japan)
Small Island Developing States: 10 year review  (10-14 January, Mauritius) 2003 World Summit on the Information Society Geneva Phase (10-12 December, Geneva)    2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (26 August - 4 September, Johannesburg)
World Food Summit: five years later (10-13 June, Rome)
General Assembly Special Session on Children (8-10 May, New York)
Second World Assembly on Ageing (8-12 April, Madrid)
International Conference on Financing for Development (18-22 March, Monterrey) 2001 World Conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance
Implementation of the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) (6-8 June, New York)
Third United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (14-20 May, Brussels) 2000 Millennium Summit (6-8 September, New York)
World Summit for Social Development and Beyond: Achieving Social Development for All in a Globalized World
Review the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women and of the Beijing1999 Small Island Developing States (Special Session of the General Assembly, 27-28 September, New York)
International Conference on Population and Development [ICPD+5]  (30 June - 2 July, New York) 1997 Earth Summit+5 (23-27 June, New York) 1996 Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (HABITAT II) (3-14 June, Istanbul) 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women (September, Beijing)
World Summit for Social Development (6-12 March, Copenhagen)
1994

Global Conference on Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (25 April - 6 May, Barbados)
International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) (September, Cairo)


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