To address the unprecedented level of human mobility in the world right now, the United Nations – on the eve of its annual General Debate – hosted a summit in New York, to bring countries together to shed light on large movements of people, and bring about a global, coordinated approach to ensure the safety and dignity of all refugees and migrants.
UN DESA Voice is an insider's look at the United Nations in the area of economic and social development policy. It is produced by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Strategic Planning and Communications Services, with feature articles written by DESA staff.
The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) is part of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat.
The Division seeks to strengthen international cooperation for social development, particularly in the areas of poverty eradication, productive employment and decent work and the social inclusion of older persons, youth, family, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, persons in situations of conflict and other groups or persons marginalized from society and development.
The world's economic, social and environmental challenges are ECOSOC's concern.
A founding UN Charter body established in 1946, the Council is the place where such issues are discussed and debated, and policy recommendations issued.
As such, ECOSOC has broad responsibility for some 70% of the human and financial resources of the entire UN system, including 14 specialized agencies, 9 "functional" commissions, and five regional commissions.