Pakistan has called for working together to promote international economic cooperation on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
In his message on the anniversary, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations and President ECOSOC Munir Akram has said that ECOSOC’s central mandate is to promote better living standards in larger freedoms through international economic cooperation.
He said that the world is facing the most serious global health and economic crisis since the establishment of the UN and creation of ECOSOC, resulting in increased poverty and hunger.
Munir Akram said the entire system of international cooperation on economic, social, health, humanitarian and development issues has been created under ECOSOC’s umbrella and now twenty international organizations, regional commissions and autonomous entities report annually to it.
“Over the years, ECOSOC has been the central body for the discussion of international economic, social and development policies,” Ambassador Akram pointed out.
Some of the major development concepts – the 0.7% ODA target; the Special Drawing Rights linked to development, the preferential treatment of developing countries in international trade – were all evolved in ECOSOC’s policy discussions, as also the adoption of the International Development Strategies, the Millennium Development Goals and the crucial for the evolution of the 2030 Agenda for Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
He said the world was facing the most serious global health and economic crisis since the establishment of the UN and the creation of ECOSOC, resulting in increased poverty and hunger.—TLTP