Poverty and Hunger Eradication - Development - Millennium Development Goals +
Examples of inclusions with direct Gender reference:
(g)Also reaffirming that gender equality and the promotion and protection of the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all are essential to eradicate poverty and hunger.
10.We reiterate our strong support for fair globalization and the need to translate growth into reduction of poverty, and in this regard we resolve to make the goals of full and productive employment and decent work for all, including for women and young people, a central objective of relevant national and international policies as well as national development strategies, including poverty reduction strategies, as part of efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
14.We reiterate that all countries should promote gender equality and empowerment of women, and, as called for, inter alia, in the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action and the outcome of the 23rd Special Session of the General Assembly, identify and accelerate actions towards that end.
15.We recognize that micro-finance, including micro-credit can make an important contribution to poverty eradication and the empowerment of the poor, including through programmes that could facilitate productive self-employment, promote gender equality and reduce the social and economic vulnerability of the poor. We encourage all countries to facilitate the expansion of micro-finance, including micro-credit in order to service the large unmet demand among poor people for financial services.
17.We emphasize the critical role of both formal and informal education in the achievement of poverty eradication and other development goals as envisaged in the Millennium Declaration, in particular basic education and training for eradicating illiteracy, and strive for expanded secondary and higher education as well as vocational and technical training, especially for girls and women, the creation of human resources and infrastructure capabilities and the empowerment of those living in poverty.
35.We call upon all countries to promote good governance, which is essential for sustainable development, and reaffirms that sound economic policies, solid democratic institutions responsive to the needs of the people and improved infrastructure are the basis for sustained economic growth, poverty eradication and employment creation and that freedom, peace and security, domestic stability, respect for human rights, including the right to development, the rule of law, gender equality and market-oriented policies and an overall commitment to just and democratic societies, are also essential and mutually reinforcing.
One of the Multiple ECOSOC Functional Commissions is the:
UN COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
ECOSOC - United
Nations Economic & Social Council http://www.un.org/ecosoc/about/
ECOSOC was established under the United Nations Charter as the principal organ to coordinate economic, social, and related work of the 14 UN specialized agencies, functional commissions and five regional commissions. The Council also receives reports from 11 UN funds and programmes. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) serves as the central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy recommendations addressed to Member States and the United Nations system. It is responsible for:
- promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress;
- identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems;
- facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and
- encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
NGO CONSULTATIVE STATUS WITH ECOSOC
The first avenue by which
non-governmental organizations took a role in formal UN deliberations was
through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 41 NGOs were granted
consultative status by the council in 1946; by 1992 more that 700 NGOs had
attained consultative status and the number has been steadily increasing ever
since to 3,052 organizations today.
Article 71 of the UN Charter opened the door providing for suitable arrangements for consultation with non-governmental organizations. The consultative relationship with ECOSOC is governed today by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status, rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status, procedures for the withdrawal or suspension of consultative status, the role and functions of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, and the responsibilities of the UN Secretariat in supporting the consultative relationship.
Consultative status is granted by ECOSOC upon recommendation of the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs, which is comprised of 19 Member States.