Economic and Social Council

Gert Rosenthal

in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199560103
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

Economic and Social Council

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This article examines the workings of what may be the most criticized principal organ in the UN: the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The article shows that aside from doubling its size, the ECOSOC has endured criticisms over the years, such as its inability to pull together the various parts of an increasingly dispersed and complex UN system. The main weakness of the ECOSOC is its ambiguous relationship with the General Assembly, along with the incapacity to attract high-level policymakers to its meetings and the lack of focus.

Keywords: principal organ; Economic and Social Council; criticisms; UN system; relationship; General Assembly; high-level policymakers; lack of focus

Article.  5826 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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