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ECOSOC High Level Segment
Civil Society Participation high at the ECOSOC High-Level Segment in Geneva, 6-9 July, 2009
Written and Oral statements from NGOs delivered at the ECOSOC High Level Segment

In accordance to Economic and Social Council Resolution 1996/31 (IV), statements from non-governmental organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC may be presented to the Council in two modalities: written statements circulated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the members of the Council; and oral presentations given during Council meetings.

As part of the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC held in Geneva, a high number of NGOs specialized in this year theme of the Annual Ministerial Review, "Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health", were able to raise their voices and express civil society point of view on this crucial issue.

A total of 8 NGOs delivered oral presentations during the four days of the meeting, in which multiple stakeholders got together to discuss the progress made and the steps needed to improve global public health in order to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. In addition, 33 NGOs submitted written statements which were distributed among all participants and available on-line as part of the official ECOSOC documentation.

All written and oral statements are available for download in the blue frame on the right side of this page.

UN-DESA Best Practices Network brings technical cooperation between civil society and the United Nations

Over 20 success stories relating to this years theme of the Annual Ministerial Review - Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health - was uploaded to the Civil Society Best Practices Network by NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC, and virtually showcased during the ECOSOC Innovation Fair, at a booth organized by the UN-DESA NGO Branch and the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (SU/SSC) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Side Event - "Building Partnerships and Financing Cooperation across Developing Countries: Trends and Opportunities for NGOs"

The Side Event "Building Partnerships and Financing Cooperation across Developing Countries: Trends and Opportunities for NGOs", organized by the UN-DESA NGO Branch and the UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, held at Palais des Nations on July 7, focused on the Civil Society Best Practices Network web portal and the Human Development Stock Exchange, and how to forge partnerships between institutions that offers solutions in advancing human development , institutions looking for quality practices to address similar needs and how to facilitate social investment in proven solutions in order to advance human development, as well how to seek funding so as to replicate their success.

The event was chaired by H.E. Mr. Francis Lorenzo, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the UN, and included opening remarks by Mr. Andrei Abramov, Chief NGO Branch and Mr. Yiping Zhou, Director, Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in UNDP.

The event was part of a participatory formulation process for the development of the UN-DESA Civil Society Best Practices Network and the pilot programme Human Development Investment Exchange (HDSX).

Civil Society Best Practices Network web portal:
  • allows NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC to submit and share success stories and best practices
  • empower the awareness in regards to the work being carried out by NGOs around the world, and further increases the relationships between civil society and the United Nations.
Human Development Stock Exchange - a virtual marketplace:
  • to forge partnerships between institutions offering solutions to advance human development and institutions looking for quality practices to address similar needs, and
  • to facilitate social investment in proven solutions to advance human development and seeking funding so as to replicate their success.
The Global South has a burgeoning civil society and a plethora of knowledge, know-how and resources to advance human development.

Encouraging the sharing of experiences and cooperation among Southern countries can advance human development in manners that traditional aid or local initiatives are unable to do alone. The panel presented current experiences and discussed challenges and trends transforming social capital markets and leading to the need for specialized mechanisms for brokering transactions where a large number of players interact with emphasis on opportunities for NGOs.

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