As the result of a successful by-election last June in New York, as of January 2019, Malta started its tenure as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

ECOSOC is mainly responsible for coordinating the economic, social and related work of a number of UN specialised agencies, their functional commissions, and other regional commissions. This is so since ECOSOC is of vital importance to the UN system, as it is one of its principal organs.

Moreover, ECOSOC’s importance stems from the fact that it serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for developing policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system.

ECOSOC is responsible for:

• Advocating for higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress;
• Identifying solutions to international economic, social, and health problems;
• Facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation, amongst other responsibilities.

As a member of ECOSOC, Malta will work towards serving the international community in line with its commitment to the objectives and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.


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