The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations will convene a transparent and inclusive dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, based on ECOSOC resolution 2014/14. To launch the dialogue, the Vice-President of ECOSOC, H.E. Mr. Alejandro Palma Cerna, will convene an informal civil society briefing on 10 February 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York, in Conference Room 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This event will build on the first phase of the ECOSOC Dialogue which concluded on 9 June 2015, and focused on building a solid understanding among Member States of the current state of play in the UN development system as a whole. For the report on the outcome of the first phase, please click here.

The second phase of the ECOSOC Dialogue, launched on 17 December 2015, is expected to result in the development of concrete proposals and options for strengthening the UN development system in response to the requirements of the 2030 Agenda for further discussion and consideration by Member States. It will focus on issues regarding the interlinkages between the alignment of functions, funding practices, governance structures, organizational arrangements, capacity and impact, and partnership approaches. 

The outcome of the Dialogue will inform intergovernmental deliberations on operational activities of the UN system to be undertaken by the General Assembly in the second half of 2016.

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