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Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High-level Segment

Date: 6-9 July 2009
Place: Geneva, Switzerland

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) coordinates the work of UN agencies related to economic and social development. It discusses international economic and social issues and formulates policy recommendations at meetings and consultations through the year.

At the high-level segment of ECOSOC, ministers and executive heads of international institutions and other high-ranking officials join civil society and private sector representatives to discuss key issues on the international agenda.

The high-level segment this year focuses on health. It will open with a ministerial review of the internationally agreed goals and commitments on global public health. It will also examine the impact of global trends - notably the financial and economic crisis - on public health.

The Director-General of WHO will give a keynote address at the opening session, and other WHO senior staff will take part in breakfast briefings and panel discussions throughout the four days.

Through breakfast briefings and panel discussions, WHO will highlight several public health issues, including:

  • widening inequities in health outcome within and between countries;
  • need for coordinated action in policy response to the economic downturn and other crises;
  • slow and uneven achievements in the health-related Millennium Development Goals; and
  • growing burden of noncommunicable disease and injuries.