CSO Consultations with the Second Committee
The NGO Branch of the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized informal consultations with NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC on the agenda and work of the Second Committee on 22 October 2015 in New York. The consultation, chaired by Amb. Logar (Slovenia) was the first of its kind, and attracted a large number of NGOs and over 40 Member States in an interactive dialogue moderated by Ms. Barbara Adams, Chair of the Global Policy Forum.

The remarks delivered by the NGO representatives were followed by numerous interventions from other NGOs that were present at the event, as well as Member States. Both parties raised critical questions about the future programme of work of the Second Committee, making pertinent observations and suggestions about how to align the agenda of the Second Committee to the new Development Agenda 2030 and better integrate the agendas of the 2nd and 3rd Committee and ECOSOC.

The remarks and suggestions raised by the NGOs will serve as a contribution to the deliberations of Member States on this topic in the Second Committee. Several Member States also suggested that these consultations could serve as a model to be replicated in other Committees and that the engagement with other stakeholders should continue to strengthen the positive experience generated from such an inclusive process.

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