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UN Documentation: Economic and Social Council

Annual Report of ECOSOC to the General Assembly

A wide view photo of the General Assembly as it considers the 2011 report of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), containing highlights of the Council’s work over the year. On screens is Mansour Ayyad SH A Alotaibi, Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the UN and Vice-President of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly. 19 October 2011. United Nations, New York.

ECOSOC reports annually to the General Assembly on its activities.  This report is initially issued as a document of the General Assembly and subsequently published as Supplement No. 3 to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR).

  • Initial document
    • symbol pattern: A/session/3
    • example: A/68/3
  • Final document

The first part of the report includes "Matters calling for action by or brought to the attention of the General Assembly", and may include draft resolutions to be considered for adoption by the General Assembly;

The annexes include membership lists for the Council and its subsidiary bodies and a listing of intergovernmental organizations participating in ECOSOC deliberations.

Reports of the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General reports to ECOSOC on issues called for by resolutions, such as:

  • development
  • economic indicators
  • coordination within the UN system

All reports for ECOSOC have document symbols that begin with E/--.

Reports of ECOSOC Subsidiaries

Council Hears Briefings from Subsidiary BodiesECOSOC has many subsidiary bodies that report to it regularly.

The sessional reports of ECOSOC subsidiaries often have a dual symbol and are usually issued as a supplement to the Economic and Social Council Official Records (ESCOR).

They include information about:

    • membership;
    • dates of meetings;
    • summary of discussions;
    • resolutions and decisions adopted by the body
    • draft resolutions recommended for adoption by ECOSOC and/or the General Assembly.

UN-I-QUE includes lists of the document symbols for the reports of all subsidiary bodies, 1946-2013.

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