Malta has started its tenure as a member of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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.
As one of the UN’s principal organs, ECOSOC is of vital importance to the system. It 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.
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; and facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation, amongst other responsibilities.
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.