The Economic and Social Council (also known as ECOSOC) is one of the six main organs of the UN, as established in the Charter of 1946. It is the main UN body regarding the coordination and review of international economic and social policies. ECOSOC has 54 members elected by the General Assembly for 3 year terms.
In MUNOTH 2019, ECOSOC will be a committee mainly reserved for beginners and will include around 25 delegates.
Would you like to be part of ECOSOC in MUNOTH 2019? Apply via MyMun before the 29rd of March 2019!
- Promotion of Sustainable Economic GrowthThe current scenario relating to climate change is alarming. Amongst the biggest challenges facing mankind in the 21st century, natural disasters and mass extinction top the list. Despite the scale of the problem, one could argue that the global community is not doing enough to address this omnipresent threat. On the other hand, economic growth leads the agenda of national governments. How can the ECOSOC improve efforts to make economic growth more eco-friendly in relation to the Sustainable Development Goal 8? The focus of the debate will be improving production, reducing poverty and unemployment, and providing extra help to developing countries with the aim of ensuring that our future generations can meet their needs too.
- The question of balancing humanitarian aid with development aid
Both short-term and long-term issues plague developing countries and countries in a state of crisis, whether that be armed conflict, social collapse, natural disasters or otherwise. One of the cornerstones of the international community is helping these countries reach or recover to a more developed state so as to improve their citizens’ welfare and productivity. Short-term solutions to these problems can be characterised as humanitarian aid and long-term ones as development aid. While not necessarily mutually exclusive, over-reliance on either (or both) of the types of aid can lead to a problematic relationship of dependency between the donors and recipients of aid.
- Dhwani Goel“I am Dhwani Goel, a second year student of BSc International Relations and Organisations at Leiden University Campus The Hague. I am from India but lived in Indonesia for a while, before moving to The Netherlands. My MUN career so far has been that as a delegate, so this will be my first time chairing. I have attended several MUN conferences in Europe including Stockholm, Amsterdam and St. Gallen. I also participated in MUNOTH last year, representing Canada in NATO.
There is always a first time for everything, and with MUN, your first time will never be your last! I am excited to welcome all the beginner delegates to ECOSOC. I believe that MUN should be seen as a learning experience, not a competition. It is the perfect platform to experience the world of diplomacy and decision-making. And in this process, I will be there to guide you at every step – be it skills or content. I can’t wait to see you in The Hague on April 12th!”
- Punn Siwabutr
“I am a current second-year student at New York University studying International Relations, History, and German and Linguistics. Hailing from Thailand, I have been participating in Model United Nations since 2015, when I entered my first conference, in ECOSOC as the delegate of Canada. Since then, MUN has been a huge part of my life, having participated in over thirty conferences in a variety of countries throughout high school and college, and chaired at around six of them. Outside of MUN (which is very rarely), I can be found writing articles for NYU’s International Relations Insider publication, doing traditional Korean drumming, and staring at maps in various Paradox and Firaxis games. I am very excited to work with you all and am looking forward to having a productive conference!”
“ECOSOC, one of the six main organs of the United Nations established by the UN Charter in 1946, is the principal body for coordination, policy review, policy dialogue and recommendations on economic, social and environmental issues, as well as for implementation of the internationally agreed development goals.”
– United Nations Economic and Social Council