UN Documentation: Economic and Social Council

Economic and Social Council Documentation

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) deals with economic, social, cultural and health matters as well as human rights and fundamental freedoms.  It also coordinates the work of the UN and the specialized agencies.

Chapter X, Articles 61-72, of the UN Charter concern ECOSOC.

ECOSOC consists of 54 members, 18 of which are elected each year by the General Assembly for a three-year term.

The Rules of Procedure of the Economic and Social Council are contained in document E/5715/Rev.2 (Sales number 92.I.22). Background information about the work of the Council can be retrieved from the Repertory of Practice of United Nations Organs.

The ECOSOC currently holds an organizational session in the spring and a substantive session in July. The substantive session is convened alternately in New York (even years) and Geneva (odd years) and is divided into: 

  • High-level segment
  • Operational activities segment
  • Coordination segment
  • Humanitarian affairs segment 
  • General segment

The basic format for the symbols of ECOSOC documents is:

  • symbol pattern: E/year/sequential number
  • example: E/2014/100

From 1946 to 1977, the symbol pattern was E/sequential number:

Economic and Social Council