Economic and Social Development

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The promotion of social progress and an improved standard of living as a precondition for the maintenance of international peace and security constitutes one of the central purposes of the UN Charter

Consequently, a vast majority of the United Nations' resources are devoted to raising the standards of living, promoting full employment and economic and social progress.

Economic and social council

The Economic and Social Council - ECOSOC - oversees and coordinates
the economic and social work of the United Nations, its funds and programs and specialized agencies.


For more information on economic and social questions, see DagDok : Economic and Social Council, UN Offices, Programs and Funds, Specialized Agencies.

Databases and Indexes

  • The UN Library online catalogue UNBISnet contains reports, documents and articles related to UN activities with links to the complete text for recent years. A subject search can be performed using relevant terms from the UNBIS THESAURUS.
  • Development at the UN web site serves as a web portal to relevant UN activities and progams.
  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Beyond 2015. A gateway to the UN System's work with the MDGs with background information on the Millennium Development Goals, reports and documents, news, statistics and links to UN bodies and programs.
  • UNDP, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
  • The World Bank Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals.

Printed Indexes

In the subject index of the United Nations Documents Index (Online version: UNBISnet) references to all documents by subject area are published. A complete collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.

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