ACCESSIBILITY AT UNOG A A A A The United Nations in the Heart of Europe

ECOSOC SUSPENDS 2013 SUBSTANTIVE SESSION

Decides to Continue Negotiations on Draft Ministerial Declaration in New York
26 July 2013

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this afternoon suspended its substantive 2013 session in Geneva.  The Council was unable to reach consensus on the draft Ministerial Declaration so it decided to continue negotiations with the goal of finding consensus on the text in October in New York.

At the beginning of the four-week session, the Council held a High-Level Segment, from 1 to 4 July, focusing on science, technology and innovation, which was attended by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and 500 delegates. The session began on Monday, 1 July with opening addresses by the Secretary-General; Nestor Osorio, President of ECOSOC; Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly; and Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation. The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos Calderon; the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Irina Bokova; the Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Rolf-Dieter Heuer; and the Director-General of the International Telecommunication Union, Hamadoun Toure were among other senior figures who addressed the Council. 

In a keynote address to ECOSOC, the Secretary-General said that innovation lay at the heart of the challenges of global development and that science, technology and culture were necessary for any post-2015 development agenda. Young people deserved special attention and support, as their passion, creativity, energy and innovation would help bring new solutions to old problems.  The Secretary-General emphasized the enormous progress of the Millennium Development Goals but said that with less than 1,000 days before the 2015 deadline, progress must be accelerated, and an ambitious, inspiring and universal post-2015 agenda must be designed that was relevant to all people and all societies.

During the High-level Segment, the Secretary-General launched the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013, which showcased new statistics on the successes and challenges in meeting the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 deadline. Other significant launches were the Global Innovation Index 2013; the Report of the Committee for Development Policy; and the World Economic and Social Survey 2013: Sustainable Development Challenges.  The Economic and Social Council heard voluntary reports from France, Nigeria, Peru, Thailand and Viet Nam on their progress in achieving the international development goals.  The Council heard keynote addresses on the subjects of science, technology and innovation, on promotion of sustainable development and on achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The High-Level Segment also featured a policy dialogue between the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund on current developments in the world economy and panel discussions on the development of technologies in Africa and least developed countries, universal health coverage, and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. 

The Coordination Segment, which took place from 5 to 9 July, focused on two areas: follow-up to the 2012 Ministerial Declaration on promoting productive capacity, employment and decent work to eradicate poverty in the context of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth at all levels for achieving the Millennium Development Goals; and follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development. The Operational Activities Segment, held from 10 to 12 July, focused on reviewing progress on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 67/266 on the United Nations system operational activities for development as well as the role of the United Nations development system in a changing development cooperation landscape. The Humanitarian Segment, held from 15 to 17 July, looked at the future of humanitarian affairs towards greater inclusiveness, coordination, interoperability and effectiveness and included high-level panel discussions on how humanitarian and development actors could best cooperate, and on promoting humanitarian innovation for improved response.  During the General Segment, held from 18 to 25 July, ECOSOC reviewed reports of its subsidiary bodies, including the Non-Governmental Organization Committee, and of other United Nations entities working in the economic and social fields.  Thematic issues considered included gender mainstreaming through the United Nations system, while country issues included the situations in Haiti, South Sudan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and the occupied Syrian Golan.

During the session, the Council adopted a large number of resolutions and decisions. On the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, the Council granted consultative status to 320 non-governmental organizations, suspended for a period of one year the consultative status of 154 non-governmental organizations, and withdraw the status of 159 non-governmental organizations.  In another resolution, the Council requested the Secretary-General to establish the Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases, and extended the mandate of the current Interagency Task Force to Fight against Tobacco.  The Council also decided to abolish the Commission on Sustainable Development, with effect from the close of the twentieth session, on 20 September 2013.  It will be replaced by the High-level Political Forum.  In two resolutions, the Commission asked Israel to comply with the 1994 Protocol on Economic Relations between the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, and reaffirmed that the Israeli occupation remained a major obstacle to improving the condition of Palestinian women, their empowerment and their participation in the development of their society.  Pursuant to a resolution on the work of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters, the Council decided to hold each year an extraordinary meeting of the Council to discuss international cooperation in tax matters.  The Council also took note of a number of documents submitted during this session.

In closing remarks, Nestor Osorio, President of ECOSOC, highlighted key accomplishments of the session, starting with the High-Level Segment.  He emphasized the importance of the Council as a hub and platform for multi-stakeholder cooperation given increasing roles played by non-State actors.   During the Coordination Segment, the Council had considered how to gauge the impact of international agreements on sustainable development challenges.  The Operational Activities Segment had given Member States the opportunity to start a dialogue on the changing nature of development challenges.  The Humanitarian Affairs Segment considered the challenging humanitarian landscape, while the General Segment had brought a number of key concerns into sharper focus.  It had also seen the establishment of the High-level Political Forum to replace the Commission on Sustainable Development. 

Navid Hanif, Director of ECOSOC Support and Coordination, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in closing remarks on behalf of Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said the resolutions adopted by the Council at this session would help shape development in the coming years.  The economic context continued to challenge efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, although there had been progress towards the Goals.  Important challenges remained and ECOSOC had the primary role in building a unified post-2015 development agenda. 

Action on Texts

Operational Activities of the United Nations System on International Cooperation for Development

In a resolution on progress in the implementation of General Assembly resolution
67/226 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system
(E/2013/L.17), adopted by consensus as orally revised, the Economic and Social Council requests the United Nations funds and programmes to fully align their strategic plans with the quadrennial comprehensive policy review; and requests the Secretary-General t  report on progress and challenges in implementing independent system-wide evaluations of United Nations operational activities for development.

The Council also took note of the following documents: Report of the Secretary-General on the analysis of funding of operational activities for development of the United Nations system for 2011 (A/68/97-E/2013/87); Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 67/226 on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, circulated by the Secretariat in an informal paper; note by the Secretary-General transmitting the report on policy for independent system-wide evaluation of operational activities for development of the United Nations system, circulated by the Secretariat in an informal paper; Report of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS on its work during 2012 (E/2012/35); Report of the administrator of UNDP and of the Executive Directors of UNFPA to the Economic and Social Council (E/2013/5); Annual report of the Executive Director of UNICEF to the Economic and Social Council (E/2013/6); Annual report of WFP for 2012 (E/2013/14); Reports of the Executive Board of UNICEF on the work of its first regular session of 2013 (E/2013/34 Part I/Add.1/Part II/Rev.1); Report of the Executive Board of WFP on the first and second regular sessions and annual session of 2012 (E/2013/36); Extract from the report of the Executive Board of UNICEF on its 2013 annual session: Decisions adopted by the Executive Board at its annual session of 2013 (E/2013/L.12); and Note by the Secretariat on the operational activities of United Nations-Women (E/2013/48).

The Council has before it a note by the United Nations Secretary-General on the appointment of 25 members to the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (E/2013/9/Add.10).

Coordination, Programme and Other Questions

In a decision on the Joint United Nations Programme on Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (E/2013/L.32), the Council urges the Joint Programme to continue to support Governments in strengthening their national responses to the epidemic in accordance with their specific epidemiological situation, national contexts and priorities and requests the Secretary-General to transmit a report on progress made in 2014.

In a decision on the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (E/2013/L.23), the Council requests the Secretary-General to establish the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases; and requests the Secretary-General to develop the terms of reference for it.

In a decision on the calendar of conferences and meetings in the economic, social and related fields(E/2013/L.13), the Council decides to approve the provisional calendar of conferences and meetings in the economic, social and related fields for 2014 and 2015; and also decides to consider at a later date the necessity of reviewing its provisional biennial calendar.

The Economic and Social Council also adopted the reports of its Coordination Bodies: the report of the Committee for Programme and Coordination at its Fifty-third session (3-28 June 2013)(A/68/16); the annual overview report of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination for 2012 (E/2013/60); and the Proposed programme budget for the biennium 2014-2015(A/68/6).

In a resolution on the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti (E/2013/L.31), the Council decides to extend the mandate of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti until the substantive session of the Economic and Social Council in July 2014 and requests the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Haiti to submit a report on its work to the Economic and Social Council in 2014.

In a resolution on mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system (E/2013/L.14), the Council requests the United Nations system to advance gender mainstreaming and to continue and increase support to Member States in the implementation of national policies for the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women; and requests the Secretary-General to submit a report in 2014 on progress made.


Decolonization; Consequences of Israeli Practices in the Occupied Territories; Regional Cooperation; Non-Self Governing Territories

In a resolution on Europe-Africa fixed link through the Strait of Gibraltar (E/2013/L.28), adopted by consensus, the Council requests the Executive Secretaries of the Economic Commission for Africa and the Economic Commission for Europe to continue to take an active part in the follow-up to the project and to report to the Economic and Social Council at its substantive session of 2015 on the progress made.

In a resolution on economic and social repercussions of the Israeli occupation on the living conditions of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan (E/2013/L.16), adopted by 43 votes in favour, 2 against (United States and Canada), and 1 abstention (Haiti), the Council calls for the full opening of the border crossings of the Gaza Strip to ensure humanitarian access and calls for compliance by Israel, the occupying Power; demands that Israel comply with the Protocol on Economic Relations between the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization; requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session a report on the implementation of the present resolution.

The Council also took note of the report of the Secretary-General on assistance to the Palestinian people item 70 and item 9 (A/68/76-E/2013/65), which contains an assessment of the assistance received by the Palestinian people, needs still unmet and proposals for responding to them.

ECOSOC adopted the following resolutions: a resolution on the outcome of the review of the 2005 Reform of the Economic Commission for Europe (E/2013/15/Add.1),in which it endorses the outcome of the review of the 2005 Reform of the Economic Commission for Europe, as set out in the annex to the present resolution; a resolution on refocusing and recalibrating the Economic Commission for Africa to support Africa’s structural transformation (E/2013/15/Add.2), in which it endorses the updated statute of the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, as set out in the annex to the present resolution; a resolution on a conference structure of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific for the inclusive and sustainable development of Asia and the Pacific (E/2013/15/Add.2), in which it endorses the conference structure of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, as set out in annexes I, II and III to the present resolution; and a resolution on a statute of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization (E/2013/15/Add.2), in which it endorses the revised statute of the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization, as set out in the Annex to the present resolution.

The Council also took note of the following reports on regional cooperation: Report of the Secretary-General on regional cooperation in the economic, social, and related fields (E/2013/15) and Addendum 1 and Addendum 2; Economic situation in the Economic Commission for Europe region: Europe, North American and the Commonwealth of Independent States (E/2013/16); Overview of economic and social conditions in Africa, 2012-2013 (E/2013/17); Summary of the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013 (E/2013/18); Latin America and the Caribbean: economic situation and outlook 2012-2013 (E/2013/19); Summary of the survey of economic and social developments in the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia region 20120-2013 (E/2013/20); and Note by the Secretary-General transmitting the reports of the Executive Secretaries of the Economic Commission for Europe and the Economic Commission for Africa on the project for a Europe-Africa fixed link through the Strait of Gibraltar: report on activities carried out during the period 2006-2013 and programme proposed for the period 2013-2015 (E/2013/21).

In a resolution on support to Non-Self-Governing Territories by the specialized agencies and international institutions associated with the United Nations (E/2013/L.24), adopted by a roll-call vote of 24 votes in favour, none against and 19 abstentions, the Council recommends that all States intensify efforts to ensure the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

In a resolution on the situation of and assistance to Palestinian women (E/2013/27), adopted by 23 votes in favour, 2 votes against (United States and Canada), and 16 abstentions, the Council requests the Commission on the Status of Women to take action with regard to the implementation of the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women; and requests the Secretary-General to continue to assist Palestinian women by all available means and to submit a report on progress made to the fifty-eighth session of the Commission.

African Countries Emerging from Conflict


The Council adopted a decision on African countries emerging from conflict (E/2013/L.34), in which the Council requests that the Secretary-General submit another report on the implementation of integrated, coherent and coordinated support to South Sudan by the United Nations system be submitted at its substantive session of 2014.

The Council has before it the report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of integrated, coherent and coordinated support to South Sudan by the United Nations system (E/2013/73).

Non-Governmental Organizations

In a decision on applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification received from non-governmental organizations (E/2013/32 (Part I)), the Council grants consultative status to 159 non-governmental organizations and reclassifies the consultative status of three non-governmental organizations.

In a decision on request for withdrawal of consultative status (E/2013/32 (Part I)), the Council takes note of the withdrawal of consultative status requested by Rural Women Empowerment and Life Improvement Association.

In a decision on the report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on its 2013 regular session (E/2013/32 (Part I)), the Council takes note of the report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on its 2013 regular session (New York, 21-30 January and 8 February 2013).

In a decision on applications for consultative status, requests for reclassification and quadrennial reports received from non-governmental organizations (E/2013/32 (Part II)), adopted by consensus, the Council grants special consultative status to 161 non-governmental organizations; reclassifies the consultative status of one non-governmental organization from special to general consultative status.

In a decision on the suspension of consultative status of non-governmental organizations with outstanding quadrennial reports, pursuant to Council resolution 2008/4 (E/2013/32 (Part II)), adopted by consensus, the Council suspends, for a period of one year, the consultative status of 154 non-governmental organizations with outstanding quadrennial reports.

In a decision on the reinstatement of consultative status of non-governmental
organizations that submitted outstanding quadrennial reports, pursuant to Council resolution 2008/4
(E/2013/32 (Part II)), adopted by consensus the Council reinstates the consultative status of 43 non-governmental organizations that had submitted their outstanding quadrennial reports.

In a decision on the withdrawal of consultative status of non-governmental organizations in accordance with Council resolution 2008/4 (E/2013/32 (Part II)), adopted by consensus, the Council withdraws the consultative status of 159 non-governmental organizations with continued outstanding quadrennial reports.

In a decision on the dates of and provisional agenda for the 2014 session of the
Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations
(E/2013/32 (Part II)), adopted by consensus, the Council approves the provisional agenda for the 2014 session of the Committee.

In a decision on the report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on its 2013 resumed session (E/2013/32 (Part II)), adopted by consensus, the Council takes note of the report of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on its 2013 resumed session (New York, 20-29 May and 7 June 2013).

Economic and Environmental Questions

In a decision on the revised provisional agenda for the twentieth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (E/2013/L.37), the Council approves the revised provisional agenda for the twentieth session as set out in the decision.

In a resolution on the conclusion of the work of the Commission on Sustainable
Development
(E/2013/L.38), the Council decides to abolish the Commission on Sustainable Development with effect from the conclusion of its twentieth session, on 20 September 2013.

In a resolution on human settlements (E/2013/L.36), as orally corrected, the Council encourages Governments to initiate their preparations for the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III); and requests the Secretary-General to submit to the Council i 2014 a report on the coordinated implementation of the Habitat Agenda.

In a resolution on the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (E/2013/L.22), the Council decides to hold, on an annual basis, a special meeting of the Council to consider international cooperation in tax matters.

In a resolution on the report of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration on its twelfth session(E/2013/L.27), the Council requests the Secretariat to continue to address gaps in research, monitoring, capacity development and implementation in governance and public administration, to promote innovation in public governance so as to achieve sustainable development.

In a decision on the report of the Commission on the Status of Women on its fifty-seventh session and provisional agenda and documentation for the fifty-eighth session of the Commission (E/2013/27), the Council approves the provisional agenda and documentation for the fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

In a resolution on the future organization and methods of work of the Commission on the Status of Women (E/2013/27), the Council requests the Secretary-General to submit to the Commission at its fifty-eighth session a report on ways to further enhance the impact of the Commission’s work; decides that at its fifty-ninth session the Commission will undertake an appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

In a decision on dates and provisional agenda for the ninth session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (E/2013/L.39), the Council decides that the ninth session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will be held in Geneva from 21 to 25 October 2013.

In a decision on venue, dates and provisional agenda for the thirteenth session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (E/2013/L.29), the Council decides that the thirteenth session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration will be held at United Nations Headquarters from 7 to 11 April
2014.

In a decision on dates and venue for the eleventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests(E/2013/L.35), the Council decides that the eleventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests will be held from 4 to 15 May 2015 in New York.

In a decision on the report of the Commission on Population and Development on its forty-sixth session and provisional agenda for its forty-seventh session (E/2013/25), the Council decides to transmit the report of the Commission on Population and Development to the second high-level dialogue of the General Assembly on international migration and development.

In a decision on the report of the United Nations Forum on Forests on its tenth session and provisional agenda for its eleventh session (E/2013/42), the Council approves the provisional agenda for the eleventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests.

The Council took note of the report of the Nineteenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific Bangkok, 29 October-1 November 2012 (E/CONF.102/8).  The Council took note of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Work of the Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (E/2013/51), which concerns the work of the Committee of Experts during the biennium 2011-2012 and the implementation of Economic and Social Council resolution 2011/25.  The Council took note of the report of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme at its first universal session (18-22 February 2013) (A/68/25).

The Council also took note of the following reports: of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme at its first universal session (18-22 February 2013), of the report of the Nineteenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific Bangkok, 29 October-1 November 2012, and of the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Work of the Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

In a resolution on the report of the Committee for Development Policy (E/2013/L.19), the Council requests the Committee, at its sixteenth session, to monitor the development progress of countries graduated from the category of least developed countries and to include its findings in its annual report to the Council.

In a resolution on the fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (E/2013/24), the Council endorses the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, as adopted by the Statistical Commission in 1994 and reaffirmed in 2013, and recommends them to the General Assembly for endorsement.

In a decision on the report of the Statistical Commission on its forty-fourth session and the provisional agenda and dates for the forty-fifth session of the Commission (E/2013/24), the Council decides that the forty-fifth session of the Statistical Commission shall be held in New York from 4 to 7 March 2014.

Science and Technology for Development

In a resolution on the assessment of the progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (E/2013/31), the Council urges United Nations entities still not actively cooperating in the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit to take the necessary steps and commit to a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented information society.

In a resolution on Science, technology and innovation for development (E/2013/31), the Council decides to make recommendations for consideration by national Governments, the Commission on Science and Technology for Development and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, for Governments, individually and collectively.

In a decision on the report of the Commission on Science and Technology for
Development on its sixteenth session and provisional agenda and documentation for the seventeenth session of the Commission
(E/2013/31), the Council approves the provisional agenda and documentation for the seventeenth session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development.

Special Economic, Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Assistance

In a resolution on strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations (E/2013/L.20), the Council calls upon all States and parties in complex humanitarian emergencies, in particular in armed conflict and in post-conflict situations, to cooperate fully with the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations; urges Member States to continue to prevent, investigate and prosecute acts of sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies; and requests the Secretary-General to reflect the progress in his next report to the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly.

The Council also took note of the report of the Joint Inspection Unit on “Financing for humanitarian operations in the United Nations system” (A/67/867) and of an addendum to the report of the Joint Inspection Unit on “Financing for humanitarian operations in the United Nations system” (A/67/867/Add.1), which provides the views of organizations of the United Nations system on the recommendations made in the report.

Social and Human Rights Questions

In a decision on the enlargement of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (E/2013/L.25), the Council recommends that the General Assembly, at its sixty-eighth session, decide on the question of enlarging the membership of the Executive Committee from eighty-seven to ninety-four States.

In a resolution on social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (E/2013/26), the Council requests the Secretary-General to submit to the fifty-second session of the Commission for Social Development a report on the social dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

In a resolution on preparations for and observance of the twentieth anniversary of
the International Year of the Family
(E/2013/26), the Council requests the Commission for Social Development to continue to apply the following themes in preparations for the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family: poverty eradication; exclusion; employment and ensuring work-family balance; and social integration.

In a resolution on mainstreaming disability in the development agenda: towards
2015 and beyond
(E/2013/26), the Council requests the Special Rapporteur to submit to the Commission an annual report on his activities on mainstreaming disability in the development agenda; and requests the Secretary-General to prepare a report on the implementation of the present resolution.

In a resolution on the second review and appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, 2002 (E/2013/26), the Council recommends that the situation of older persons be taken into account in the ongoing efforts to achieve the internationally agreed development goals; and requests the Secretary-General to submit a report to the Commission for Social Development.

In a decision on the report of the Commission for Social Development on its fifty-first session and provisional agenda and documentation for the fifty-second session (E/2013/26), the Council takes note of the report of the Commission for Social Development on its fifty-first session; and approves the provisional agenda and documentation for the fifty-second session of the Commission.

In a decision on the nomination of members of the Board of the United Nations
Research Institute for Social Development
(E/2013/26), the Council confirms the candidates for membership in the Board of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development.

The Council also took note of the report of the Commission for Social Development at its fifty-first session (10 February and 20 December 2012 and 6-15 February 2013) (E/2013/26); the report of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at its fifth session (11–15 April 2011), sixth session (19–23 September 2011) seventh session (16–20 April 2012), and eighth session (17–28 September 2012) (A/68/55); the report of the United Nations Secretary-General on preparations for and observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014 (A/68/61–E/2013/3); and the report of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at its forty-eighth and forty-ninth sessions (30 April–18 May 2012, 12–30 November 2012) (E/2013/22).

The Council adopted seven resolutions to be recommended by the Economic and Social Council for adoption by the General Assembly contained in the report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its twenty-second session (7 December 2012 and 22-26 April 2013) (E/2013/30), on the follow-up to the Twelfth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and preparations for the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, on strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice responses to protect cultural property, especially with regard to its trafficking; on technical assistance for implementing the international conventions and protocols related to counter-terrorism; on the rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice in the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015; on model strategies and practical measures on the elimination of violence against children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice; on standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners; and on taking action against gender-related killing of women and girls.

In a resolution on improving the quality and availability of statistics on crime and criminal justice for policy development, (E/2013/30), the Council requests the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to continue developing technical and methodological tools to assist countries in producing accurate statistics on crime and criminal justice, and to continue providing technical assistance to Member States.

In a resolution on combating transnational organized crime and its possible links to illicit trafficking in precious metals (E/2013/30), the Council requests the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to invite Member States and interested organizations to share their experiences on vulnerabilities faced in tackling transnational organized crime and its possible links to illicit trafficking in precious metals.

In a resolution on international cooperation in the prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of economic fraud and identity-related crime (E/2013/30), the Council requests the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to continue its efforts to promote mutual understanding; and requests the Secretary-General to report to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at its twenty-third session on the implementation of the present resolution.

In a resolution on crime prevention and criminal justice responses to illicit trafficking in protected species of wild fauna and flora (E/2013/30), the Council requests the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in coordination with other members of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime, to support Member States in the implementation of the Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit.

In a resolution on the implementation of the United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons (E/2013/30), the Council requests the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to continue integrating the Global Plan of Action into its activities and to gather evidence-based data on patterns, forms and flows of trafficking in persons for the purpose of removal of organs.

In a decision on improving the governance and financial situation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: extension of the mandate of the standing open-ended intergovernmental working group on improving the governance and financial situation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime(E/2013/30), the Council decides that the working group shall hold formal and informal meetings in line with current practice.

In a decision on the report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on its twenty-second session and provisional agenda for its twenty-third session (E/2013/30), the Council takes note of the report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on its twenty-second session and approves the provisional agenda and documentation for the twenty-third session of the Commission.

In a decision on the report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on its reconvened twenty-first session (E/2012/30/Add.1), the Council takes note of the report of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice on its reconvened twenty-first session.

The Council also took note of the note by the Secretariat on the report of the Board of Trustees on major activities of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (E/2013/80).

The Council took note of the note by the Secretariat transmitting the result of the fifty-first, fifty-second and fifty-third sessions of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (E/2013/75).

Commission on Narcotic Drugs

In a decision on the report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on its reconvened fifty-fifth session (E/2012/28/Add.1), the Council takes note of the report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on its reconvened fifty-fifth session.

The Council adopted a draft resolution to be recommended by the Economic and Social Council for adoption by the General Assembly, contained in the report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs Report at its fifty-sixth session (7 December 2012 and 11-15 March 2013) (E/2013/28), on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Alternative Development.

In a decision on the report of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs on its fifty-sixth session and provisional agenda for its fifty-seventh session (E/2013/28), the Council approves the provisional agenda for the fifty-seventh session.

In a decision on the report of the International Narcotics Control Board (E/2013/28), the Council takes note of the report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2012.

The Council also took note of the report of the International Narcotics Control Board for 2012 (E/INCB/2012/1).

Implementation of and Follow-up to Major United Nations Conferences and Summits

In a resolution on the follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development (E/2013/L.33), the Council requests the President of the Council to continue close cooperation and dialogue with the relevant stakeholders on all the elements of the preparations for the special high-level meeting of the Council in order to seek a more interactive, dynamic and substantive discussion on key issues related to the financing for development framework.

In a resolution on the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 (E/2013/L.10), the Council calls upon Governments, and other donors to contribute to the Trust Fund for activities undertaken by the Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

In a resolution on the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2011-2020 (E/2013/L.21), the Council encourages further action by the least developed countries to strengthen productive capacities and recalls the commitments made by the development partners in the Programme of Action to provide support to the least developed countries to develop productive capacities.

Enlargement of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The Council also took note of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (E/2013/82), which considers the impact of austerity measures on economic, social and cultural rights, in particular on the right to work and the right to social security, with a specific focus on women, migrants and older persons.

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Consideration of the report of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at its twelfth session (20-31 May 2013) (E/2013/43) was postponed to the next session of ECOSOC.

United Nations Research and Training Institutes


In a resolution on the United Nations System Staff College in Turin, Italy (E/2013/L.26), the Council calls upon all organizations of the United Nations system to make full and effective use of the services provided by the Staff College; and encourages Member States to continue to support the Staff College.

In a resolution on the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (E/2013/L.30/Rev.1), the Council requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly, within existing resources, a report on the ongoing consultations.


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