The 54 member-body which is among the six predominant pillars of the UN system, elected Paula Narváez Ojeda of Chile to the highest seat.
It additionally elected as Vice-Presidents, Akan Rakhmetullin (Kazakhstan), Ivan Šimonović (Croatia) and Robert Rae (Canada), representing the Asia-Pacific, Japanese European, and Western European and different regional teams, respectively.
The election of the Vice-President from the African regional group will probably be held at a later date.
‘A unifying platform’
Delivering her opening remarks as President, Ms. Ojeda mentioned she is dedicated to making sure that ECOSOC gives a unifying platform to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Growth and the Sustainable Growth Objectives (SDGs).
“The SDG Summit in September will probably be a pivotal second in our path to the 2030 Agenda; it could be crucial for the Financial and Social Council to construct on the momentum from the SDG Summit to assist nations of their efforts to attain the SDGs,” she mentioned.
Presenting her priorities for the brand new session, Ms. Ojeda underlined the significance of leveraging ECOSOC’s coverage steerage to assist ease emergencies, specializing in the meals provide disaster and strengthening humanitarian support, whereas additionally addressing gaps within the worldwide monetary structure.
She added that she would additionally give attention to concrete options for local weather motion, promote gender equality and empowerment of girls and women, whereas additionally strengthening establishments within the context of technological change and fascinating civil society.
Reflecting on her 12 months in workplace, outgoing President Stoeva famous that the world continues to be grappling with the lingering results of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conflict in Ukraine, escalating inequalities, debt and local weather change.
“Humanitarian wants are at unprecedented ranges globally, we’re at report ranges of acute meals insecurity and threat of famine and we’re seeing ever-increasing variety of refugees and internally displaced individuals,” she mentioned.
Although the image is grim, Ms. Stoeva continued, it may be modified with the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, “our roadmap to remodel the world.”
She additionally highlighted the most important accomplishments of her 12 months accountable for ECOSOC, together with the Youth Discussion board, preparations for the SDG Summit, the Excessive-Stage Political Discussion board (HLPF) on Sustainable Growth earlier this month, in addition to engagements with numerous stakeholders.
On the assembly, ECOSOC adopted the agenda for its 2024 session, in addition to a decision on its working preparations.
In accordance with established apply, ECOSOC President Ojeda then drew loads to find out the seating association for the July 2023-July 2024 session, choosing Croatia to take the primary seat, with others to observe in alphabetical order.