Vienna/New York, 14 January 2014 Press release

Austria assumes presidency of the United Nations Economic and Social Council

The post-2015 agenda, youth and energy are Austria's priorities

Vienna/New York, 14 January 2014 – "I would like to congratulate Ambassador Martin Sajdik most warmly on his appointment. His election illustrates the great reputation and trust that Austria enjoys in the United Nations", Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said, commenting on Martin Sajdik's new role of President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations in New York was elected unanimously. 

As one of the six UN charter bodies, the task of ECOSOC is to push forward economic and social development. It is the body that will set the course for the post-2015 agenda which will cover issues of sustainable development, the tools succeeding the Millennium Development Goals and also the financing of development. "Austria will be in a position to make its mark and press for a post-2015 agenda that pursues an approach based on human rights. I will put my focus on sustainable energy and youth to move these important, future-oriented areas into the centre of the international community's attention" Foreign Minister Kurz said.

"Austria is taking over this role in a phase that is decisive for shaping the post-2015 agenda", Kurz continued. Deliberations will take place mainly in the newly established High Level Political Forum which will meet for the first time this year under the patronage of ECOSOC. Civil society is to gain more weight in this context; its active involvement in the deliberations will become more important. The ECOSOC reform – decided on last September – will now be carried through during the Austrian presidency, and the Economic and Social Council's cooperation with other UN organisations and institutions, such as WHO, ILO, UNCTAK, FAO and WFP is to be strengthened.

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