What is the Economic and Social Council?
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2016
The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is a principal organ of the United Nations and deals with economic, social, cultural and health matters as well as human rights and fundamental freedoms. It also coordinates the work of the UN and the specialized agencies.
Chapter X, Articles 61-72, of the UN Charter concern the Economic and Social Council.
The Economic and Social Council consists of 54 members, 18 of which are elected each year by the General Assembly for a three-year term.
The Rules of Procedure of the Economic and Social Council are contained in document E/5715/Rev.2 (Sales number 92.I.22).
The Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs provides a detailed analysis of the activities of the Council under the relevant articles of the Charter.
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