At its organizational session for its 1993 session, ECOSOC decided that the high-level segment should be devoted to the consideration of the theme: "World Summit for Social Development, including the role of the United Nations system in promoting social development". The ECOSOC substantive session was held in Geneva from 28 June-30 July 1993. The proceedings of the high-level segment, held from 28-30 June 1993, is contained in the documents, E/1993/SR.12-17.
The conclusions of the high-level ministerial segment are summarized by Ambassador Juan Somav�a, President of ECOSOC for 1993, in the Report of ECOSOC, A/48/3 of 15 September 1993.
The substantive session of ECOSOC adopted Resolution 1993/64, "Preparations for the World Summit for Social Development". The Council said that it was "convinced that the World Summit for Social Development would provide a unique opportunity to focus the attention of all countries on the main social and human concerns and to promote policies and strengthen international cooperation in order to effectively address these concerns." In this resolution, the Council decided that an African common position on the issues before the Summit should be formulated by the meeting of the Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Human Development, held 17-21 January 1994, which would serve as the regional preparatory meeting for the Summit. Furthermore, the Council requested that the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa prepare, in cooperation with the Organization of African Unity and other African regional and subregional organizations, should draft an African common position on the issues before the Summit, and further requested the Executive Secretary of the Commission to transmit the African common position to the Preparatory Committee for the Summit at its first session.
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