ECOSOC holds major meeting to discuss sustainable urbanisation

30 May 2014

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the organ responsible for coordinating much of the UN’s economic, social and environmental work, held its first ever ‘integration segment’ at UN Headquarters in New York from May 27 to 29. This high-level event focused on the role of urban development in the overall push towards sustainable development.

The segment was officially opened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, John W. Ashe, President of the UN General Assembly and Vladimir Drobnjak, Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council. Joan Clos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN-Habitat, reaffirmed the importance of cities as “nexuses for economic, environmental and social development” and described cities and towns as “crucibles of innovation and advancement”. In the closing session, he outlined how the discussions will be used to pave the way towards the United Nations Third Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urbanisation, Habitat III, scheduled to take place in 2016.

Alongside the main session, UN-Habitat organised a number of side events, covering topics such as food security, gender equality, green cities and participatory slum upgrading.

For more details about the first integration meeting, please visit the website of ECOSOC