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2. ECOSOC and Its Subsidiary Bodies

There is a number of subsidiary bodies under the ECOSOC umbrella which helps to achieve the goals of the Council, and ECOSOC provides policy coherence and coordinates the overlapping functions of all its subsidiary bodies. NGOs with consultative status can participate in annual sessions and other events held by the following subsidiary bodies:

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There are nine functional commissions of the ECOSOC:

Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

Next session:54th session, 1 - 12 March 2010, New York
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Commission on Sustainable Development
The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit.

Next session:18th session, 3 - 14 May 2010, New York
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Commission for Social Development
The Commission for Social Development (CSocD) is a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. It consists of 46 members elected by ECOSOC.Since the convening of the World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen in 1995, the Commission has been the key UN body in charge of the follow-up and implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action. As a result of the Summit, the mandate of the Commission was reviewed and its membership expanded from 32 to 46 members in 1996. It meets once a year in New York, usually in February.

Next session:48th session, 3-12 February 2010, New York
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United Nations Forum on Forests
In October 2000, the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), in its Resolution 2000/35 established the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), a subsidiary body with the main objective to promote "? the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end?" based on the Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles, Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 and the outcome of the IPF/IFF Processes and other key milestones of international forest policy.

Next session:2010, New York
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