UNGA Considers 2008 Report of Economic and Social Council

3 November 2008: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) debated the

Report of the Economic and Social Council for 2008 (document A/63/3 and

A/63/255), and the report of the Secretary-General on the Role of the Economic

and Social Council in the integrated and coordinated implementation of and

follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits,

in the light of relevant General Assembly resolutions, including resolution

61/16 (document A/63/63-E/2008/77).

Leo Merores (Haiti), President of the

Economic and Social Council, presented the Report of the Council, and explained

that the 2008 Ministerial Review had focused on sustainable development, which

had, inter alia, advanced the ongoing work on climate change. He also recalled

that the 2008 High-level Segment ended with the adoption of the Ministerial

Declaration, which had underscored the need for urgent and collective action to

address the global challenges such as the financial, food and energy crises,

environmental degradation and climate change.

A number of speakers called for

dealing with global challenges, such as climate change and the food, financial

and energy crises in an integrated manner. [Economic

and Social Council] [UN Press Release]