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Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), handles economic, social, cultural, human rights, and health matters. ECOSOC also has a coordinates work of the United Nations and the specialized agencies. It consists of 54 members, who are elected by the General Assembly. It has organizational sessions in the spring and a substantive sessions in July. The substantive sessons have five parts: high-level segment, operational activities segment, coordination segment, humanitarian affairs segment and general segment (See Rules of Procedure of the Economic and Social Council and Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs for further info on the operations of the Security Council). There is a set procedure to conduct business in this U.N. organ.

1. Programme of Work and Agenda
2. Summary Records
3. Resolutions
4. Report of the Economic and Social Council

Other important items for ECOSOC:
Subsidiary and Ad Hoc Bodies
Other Research Aids for ECOSOC



PROGRAMME OF WORK AND AGENDA

Programme of Work is a goal statement for two-year periods. The Agenda lists what is going to be discussed and major documentations that are scheduled to be submitted.

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  • When searching online, you can limit your search by using U.N. Doc Symbols.

  • Programmes are listed E/year/1

  • Provisional agendas are listed E/year/2

  • Substantive issues are listed E/year/100

Access to Information

Digital Information

  • UNBISnet: has full-text for these items back to 1994.

  • AccessUN has an index from 1944-present and microfiche from 1990 onward. Please read these quick instructions to help you find what you want.

Paper Information

  • Official Records of the United Nations, Economic and Social Council from 1946 to 1990.

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SUMMARY RECORDS

See more information about this resource and how to access information on summary records.

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RESOLUTIONS

The major document type for the ECOSOC is the resolution, which describes the situation and the actions that will be taken, such as providing disaster relief. It is the will of the organization. A Decision, on the other hand, is the will of the organization about an internal affair affecting the U.N. only, such as elections or appointments.

Resolutions have a certain structure. They have a Preamble and Operative Part:

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  • When searching online, you can limit your search by using U.N. Doc Symbols.

  • Before 1978, the numbering system was E/RES/sequential number/(organizational code) . For example, E/RES/1296/(XLVI) is an ECOSOC resolution numbered 1296 from the regular session.

  • From 1978, the numbering system was E/RES/year/sequential number. For example, E/RES/1996/31 is an ECOSOC resolution from the 1996 session numbered 31.

Access to Information

Digital Information

  • United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET) has full-text back to 1979. To search for General Assembly resolutions, type e/res in UN Doc Symbol field. (See UNBISNET for more search information).

  • AccessUN , an index of resolutions back to 1944 and full-text back to 1980. To search for General Assembly resolutions, type e/res in the field in Document Number. (See AccessUN instructions for more search information and Document Type for more information about U.N. documents).

Paper Information

  • Official Records of the United Nations, Economic and Social Council from 1946 to 1990.

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REPORT OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

ECOSOC reports annually to the General Assembly.

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  • When searching online, you can limit your search by using U.N. Doc Symbols.

  • The UN Doc. Symbol is A/year/3. So, "A/2005/3" is ECOSOC report in the Official Records of the General Assembly in 2006 which is the 3rd supplement.

Access to Information

Digital Information

  • UNBISnet has full-text copies of the General Assembly's agendas and addenda back to 1989 (44th Session).

Paper Information

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SUBSIDIARY AND AD HOC BODIES

Subsidiary and ad hoc bodies that report to ECOSOC, for example World Trade Organization (WTO), World Health Organization (WHO), and International Labour Organization (ILO). In the U.N. Organizational Chart , click on the body's name to be taken to its website. Many of these bodies have sessional reports that they submit to the ECOSOC, for example the Commission on Human Rights report number is E/CN.4/year , E/ICEF/year is UNICEF and the Division on Sustainable Development is E/CN.17/year.

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OTHER RESEARCH AIDS FOR ECOSOC

Official Documents of the U.N.: Advanced Search allows searches of all documents provided by the U.N. online. Use the Full-text search field to search for words in the text of the documents.

United Nations Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET) has bibliographic records going back to 1979, and full-text back to 1992. However, they are constantly digitizing more older records. Use "e*" in UN Doc. Symbol field to search for ECOSOC Documents.

AccessUN , an index of U.N. material back to 1944, allows you to search by organ. If you put in ' e ' for Document Number , only ECOSOC documents will be retrieved. (See AccessUN instructions for more search information and Document Type for more information about U.N. documents).

Press Releases are a good source of basic information about U.N. activity. Search under ECOSOC in the Subject field. You can then delimit by keyword.

Documents Rearch Guide The U.N. has published online a very good and detailed research guide for the General Assembly.

Yearbook of the United Nations is an annual publication of the U.N. that gives a very good summary of the events and documents produced that year at the U.N.

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